The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis died last week at the age of ninety-six. A political radical who became a national hero and then came into wider recognition with his scoring of the film of Zorba the Greek (from the book by Nikos Kazantzakis) and other films like Z and Serpico. Continue reading Vale – Mikis Theodorakis
Reading Doctor Faustus is like trying to read a political and cultural history of twentieth century Germany as told by a rather wordy and digressive narrator, Serenus Zeitblum. He states his task is to tell the life story of his much admired friend, the composer, Adrian Leverkühn. That is his declared task, but he cannot resist excursions into stories of odd people, into his views of philosophy and most of all into speculation about the character and genius of his beloved friend.
This is my first time of reading, unlike others who profess to have read this book five times, so I will just give a brief sketch of my first impressions . Continue reading Thomas Mann – Doctor Faustus
Australia’s magnificent ABC has been a wonderful resource and support for people confined at home over the weary pandemic months. In November ABC Classic invited people to join a virtual choir to sing a new Aussie Christmas carol by Yorta Yorta singer and composer Deborah Cheetham. 1500 people of all ages from all over Australia, and expats all around the world, did.
“Shout for joy to God in all lands!”
“We are choir born for pandemics, most infectious choir on the planet right now,” says Mark Swivel, the brains behind “Dustyesky” the Russian choir from Mullumbimby. Continue reading The most infectious choir on the planet
Throughout my life I must have had thousands of music lessons. The money….I suppose at first it was my father’s money, but later on it was my own. Viola lessons, violin lessons, flute lessons, singing lessons, but the greatest number of lessons by far were piano lessons.
Great Southern Spirits is a composition by Australian composer Steven Leek. It is in four movements: Wirindji, Mulga, Kondalilla and Uluru.
You all know the story of Lorelei, who lures sailors to death with her beautiful song. But what happens if Lorelei realises she’s been conned? Continue reading Lorelei