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Lunchmeat

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After having her little operation on Monday, our new Corgi puppy has been recovering at the puppy shop in Chelsea (yes, you are welcome to judge me for getting a dog at a puppy shop). In the mean time, R and I have been visiting her every afternoon and indulging her passions for fashion and anatomy as she chews on his arm, my hands, his pants, my bag, his shoes, my socks, his nose, my […]

Postcard from Germany: Kassel

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Today brought an unexpected surprise, in that I spent the afternoon with my oldest and best friend. Meeting up with us in Kassel, Freddie took us around the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, just outside the city. Though the grounds were beautiful from a distance, the park itself is in fact a large exploration of Romantic “reconstruction,” shall we say. Ascending up the long hill to a ruined temple of Hercules, one passes an “aqueduct” which was in […]

Postcard from Germany: Kiel

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Though much of the city was rather artfully rearranged by the RAF during WWII, the remaining parts old city and park were wonderfully serene. As it was a long trip from Koblenz, R and I took our time to wander the harbor and visit some of the pop-up breweries from the Netherlands and Belgium, offering cherry and raspberry beers to go with currywurst and waffles. Before heading into the opera house, we sat by the […]

MA Hons (Cantab)

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In mid-August of 2009, this organ-scholar-to-be received an email similar to the ones students across the United States are receiving all this week: a letter of acceptance into an undergraduate program. Not being terribly certain that my A-level exam results would pass Cambridge’s admissions muster, I was relieved and overjoyed. So overjoyed that I had to call the admissions office at King’s College, Cambridge and inform them that a bout of excitement at my laptop […]

Albinoni

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While Classical music supposedly faces a crisis of relevance and popular consumption in the United States, there are cases where a few pieces make it off concert hall stages and into films, TV shows and the general public consciousness (Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, etc.). It’s probably a surprise to nobody that the popularity or recognizability of these works doesn’t necessarily derive from their construction, so much as their emotional utility. That’s not to […]

Berlioz, Binchois

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Rehearsing Berlioz has been pretty fun this week, actually. I was kind of dreading it (Berlioz usually isn’t my thing), but it’s gotten me to reconsider one of Berlioz’s greater works that I had previously dismissed as relatively frivolous. The stereotype of the work as being overcooked, melodramatic and almost too illustrative is one that I confess to having bought into for a long time. But in hearing the piece over and over this week, the […]

Orpheus at Juilliard

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I apologize for the radio silence over the last few weeks. While the near-simultaneous arrivals of an air conditioning unit and a harpsichord have made my existence more comfortable, they’ve also enabled me to practice practice practice in my studio and not really come up for air. I’d like to say that it’s purely out of self-motivation and delight that I’m note cramming, but in reality the coming academic year is looming over my head […]