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A Symphony Bigger Than the World

[First published in WRTI’s Arts Desk, 27 Jul 2015.] Mahler once told Sibelius how big a symphony needs to be, but Mahler’s own second symphony, called the “Resurrection,” is even bigger. WRTI’s Kile Smith considers the Mahler 2nd, its themes of life and death…...

Three Things I Learned from Yes

[First published in Broad Street Review, 21 July 2015.] Saw my buddy Andrew, a gifted keyboardist, vocalist, and composer, shook his hand, and then held it. I said three words. “Chris Squire, man.” “Oh, man, Chris Squire.” He looked at me and nodded his head slowly....

The Rite of Spring

[First published in WRTI Arts Desk, June 8, 2015.] In June of 1912, Igor Stravinsky premiered the piano version of his daring new work The Rite of Spring, a year before its orchestral unveiling. His piano-playing partner was none other than Claude Debussy. Classical...