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Mason Jones

Someone from the Philadelphia Orchestra let me know last week of the passing of the great hornist Mason Jones. The obituary by Daniel Webster in the Philadelphia Inquirer captures the magnitude of his influence, and the International Horn Society also remembers him...

John Field, Eugene D’Albert

On Kyle Gann’s excellent blog PostClassic a couple of weeks ago he related that a biography he saw of John Field hammered together two adjoining paragraphs this way: “…He died in Moscow January 11, 1837. Field’s execution was distinguished for taste and extreme...

Happy 80th, Mom!

Dear Mom, My memories of you are many, but seem always to revolve around your patience. I never told you that I always admired how good in math you were, for instance, but your patience hovers over everything. You taught me to drive. On a stick. 1897, I think it was....

Two CDs released?

Definitely one, and maybe two CDs will be released this weekend. Vespers, we’re still waiting to hear for certain, but a box  o’CDs may show up at the Piffaro concerts February 13–15. I plan to be at Friday’s concert at St. Mark’s in Center City Philadelphia. The CD of...