The Youngest Master: Felix Mendelssohn

By |2021-02-03T09:00:09-06:00February 28th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Felix Mendelssohn, Music|Tags: , |

Felix Mendelssohn, for all his amazing versatility, is now remembered by a tiny handful of his works, themselves not always representative. But there is now no excuse for neglecting so many of the masterworks of a composer who was central to the art of his epoch. Mendelssohn: The Caged Spirit: A New Approach to the [...]

Sir Francis Walsingham: Bring Me the Head of Maria Stuarda

By |2014-02-19T17:29:33-06:00February 19th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, History|Tags: , |

Sir Francis Walsingham The thought of a new book, from a proverbially establishmentarian imprint, on Elizabeth I’s spymaster is not one that immediately gladdens the heart. Anyone who has actually been expected to spend time in modern England – rather than simply viewing it through a Downton-Abbey-generated haze – knows perfectly well that [...]

Richard Strauss for Everyman

By |2018-10-15T17:38:49-05:00September 13th, 2013|Categories: Literature, Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|Tags: , |

Richard Strauss Richard Strauss: A Musical Life, by Raymond Holden. Yale University Press. The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, by Charles Youmans, Cambridge University Press. I am not a first-rate composer, I am a first-rate second-rate composer. —Richard Strauss I was never a revolutionary. The real revolutionary was Richard Strauss. —Schoenberg Richard Strauss [...]

Conservatism’s Mozart: Joseph Sobran

By |2016-08-22T09:38:13-05:00April 14th, 2013|Categories: Books, Conservatism|Tags: , , |

Joseph Sobran Joseph Sobran: The National Review Years, Articles From 1974 to 1991, edited by Fran Griffin These are the times that try men’s scruples, especially the scruples of reviewers. Fact A: I knew Joe Sobran, from 2003 to 2008, well enough to sabotage such hopes of critical detachment as I might otherwise [...]

Why Hilaire Belloc Still Matters

By |2020-07-15T12:23:33-05:00March 16th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communism, Hilaire Belloc, Religion|Tags: , |

An author too robust and significant to be wholly un-personned can still be marginalized. Little wonder that Hilaire Belloc at times bullied when he should have insinuated, at times cut corners on fine detail when he should have checked and rechecked a specific datum. An author too robust and significant to be wholly un-personned can [...]

Wolfgang Mozart: Born January 27, 1756

By |2020-01-27T11:13:36-06:00January 27th, 2013|Categories: Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|Tags: |

Mozart, Wolfgang (Austrian, 1756–91). No, not “Amadeus”; his baptismal certificate reads “Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart,” “Amadé” (the form of his middle name that Mozart himself preferred to use) being Theophilus’s Gallicized version. In fact, almost everything else Hollywood told you about him is wrong, except his child prodigy status, which even Hollywood could hardly [...]

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