Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Symphonies

    Wolfgang  Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788) Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1812) Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (1883) Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan” (1888) Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1937) William Schuman: Symphony No. 3 (1941) Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (1945) Alan Hovaness: Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (1955) Philip Glass: Symphony No. 2 (1994) Christopher Theofanidis: Symphony No. 1 (2009) (Posted 01/01/2015)

  • Music as Language: Part III

    Think of the many ways in which the term language is used: computer language, spoken and written (verbal) language, body language, and music – so often referred to as the universal language. There are, of course, others we could list, but these four will serve the purpose of this essay. Linguists would not classify all of these as languages, technically speaking, so for our discussion, we’ll refer to them as language-types. Of course, these four language-types serve varied purposes, but one way to compare them is to note the breadth and depth to which they can communicate. What I mean…

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