Writings

Broad Street Review

2017
8 May 2017 How Do You Compose?

2016
20 Dec 2016 Three Things I Learned from Handel’s Messiah
29 Nov 2016 Beethoven for Breakfast in Phoenix
26 Oct 2016 Standing for the National Anthem
27 Sep 2016 Three More Things I Learn from Bach
23 Aug 2016 Three Things I Learned from Gregg Smith
27 Jul 2016 All the Hits of the ’60s
26 Jun 2016 Three Things I Learned from Being on the Radio
15 May 2016 Diners and Concerts: You Just Never Know
19 Apr 2016 Driving on Broad Street
26 Jan 2016 I Love the Snow
2015
22 Dec 2015 De profundis
17 Nov 2015 Patriotism and Music
27 Oct 2015 Melody and Myth
15 Sep 2015 Oktoberfest
30 Aug 2015 Telling Jokes and Composing
21 Jul 2015 Three Things I Learned from Yes
23 Jun 2015 My Dinner with Beethoven
26 May 2015 Memorial Day
3 Apr 2015 Riverside
3 Mar 2015 Seagulls In This Blue Room
10 Feb 2015 Music and Killing
20 Jan 2015 How to Have a Composing Career in 10 Easy Steps
2014
16 Dec 2014 Merry Christmas to All
8 Nov 2014 Ten ways to lose an argument
28 Oct 2014 Moved to tears
1 Sep 2014 Star Trek and the Dream of Composing
20 Jul 2014 Premiere of Gold and Silver in Helena
15 Jul 2014 Are You Famous?
20 June 2014 Three Things I Learned from Maynard Ferguson
20 May 2014 Three Things I Learned from Verdi
6 May 2014 Three Things I Learned from David Bowie
1 Apr 2014 How to Finish a Work
4 Mar 2014 Behind the Scenes at All-City
19 Feb 2014 Provocation
10 Feb 2014 Three Things I Learned from the Beatles
21 Jan 2014 How Do I Love Thee?
2 Jan 2014 Composer Intent
2013
14 Dec 2013 The First Three Things I Learn from Bach
19 Nov 2013 Stopping in Mid-Air
9 Nov 2013 The Symphony Performance
29 Oct 2013 Happy Reformation Day!
14 Oct 2013 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
9 Sep 2013 Making a Piano Reduction
20 Aug 2013 Can Christianity Survive the Broad Street Review?
21 Jul 2013 Crossing Myself
15 Jun 2013 A Horse with No Name
27 May 2013 Komm und singt mit uns
30 Apr 2013 What’s Better, Sackbut or Trombone?
26 Mar 2013 Palm Sunday Drums
16 Mar 2013 Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer
19 Feb 2013 The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 4
12 Feb 2013 The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 3
5 Feb 2013 The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 2
21 Jan 2013 The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 1
2012
12 Dec 2012 Let’s Hang On
20 Nov 2012 Propinquity
22 Oct 2012 How I’m voting?
12 Sep 2012 Paul Simon Knows What I’m Talking About
26 Jul 2012 Music Doesn’t Evolve
26 Jun 2012 Whale-Watching
22 May 2012 Bridges and Early Music
24 Apr 2012 Bach, St. John Passion, Anti-Semitism
10 Apr 2012 Slapstick
20 Mar 2012 Ooh, Child (originally 12 Sep 2010)
3 Mar 2012 Backbeat
2011
31 Dec 2011 Etta James, At Last
6 Dec 2011 Samuel Hsu
25 Sep 2011 What a Wonderful World
13 Sep 2011 The Penalty Kick
14 Aug 2011 Shakespeare in the Park
26 Apr 2011 Gretchaninoff in New Jersey
8 Feb 2011 How I Got Milton Babbitt
2010
12 Dec 2010 Are Symphonies Dying?

WRTI Arts Desk

28 Aug 2016 Rudy Van Gelder: The Engineer and the Human Spirit
29 Feb 2016 When Prokofiev and Stalin Died the Same Day
22 Feb 2016 99 Years Ago, What Monumental Event Happened in Jazz?
8 Feb 2016 The 2016 Classical GRAMMY Awards, Part 2
1 Feb 2016 Who Are the 2016 Classical GRAMMY Award Nominees?
21 Dec 2015 The Greatness of Hansel and Gretel
4 Dec 2015 Frank Sinatra: Jazz His Way
30 Nov 2015 The Legacy of Dave Brubeck
23 Nov 2015 Scott Joplin Made Ragtime His Own
9 Nov 2015 The Simple Gift of Aaron Copland
2 Nov 2015 The Strange Genius of the Adagio for Strings
26 Oct 2015 The Last Theme You’d Expect for This Movie
19 Oct 2015 This Song Changed the Course of Music
5 Oct 2015 John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, and a Song for the Ages
22 Sep 2015 The Prayer of Kol Nidre by Max Bruch
27 Jul 2015 Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
13 Jul 2015 On His Birthday, the Essence of Gerald Finzi
6 Jul 2015 A Quiet Alleluia, Famous for 75 Years
29 Jun 2015 Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD
15 Jun 2015 Der Freischütz
8 Jun 2015 The Rite of Spring
25 May 2015 Miles Davis
18 May 2015 The U.S. Military Bands
14 May 2015 An Interview with Mad Men Composer David Carbonara
11 May 2015 Emanuel Ax
4 May 2015 The Rake’s Progress
27 Apr 2015 Dvořák’s New World Symphony
20 Apr 2015 Philip Glass
16 Apr 2015 Bohuslav Martinu’s Memorial to Lidice

WRTI CD reviews

Matthew Levy: People’s Emergency Center
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: Thrum
Randall Thompson, Alleluia
The Theme to The Deer Hunter
Mozart, Ave verum corpus
Morten Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium
Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for Piano and Strings
Franz Biebl, Ave Maria
Francis Pott in the Heart of Things
David Bennett Thomas, Paths
Dave Brubeck’s Secret
The Treasury of English Church Music
Robert Moran, Trinity Requiem
Carson Cooman, The Welcome News
David Carbonara, Mad Men
Mark Hagerty, Soliloquy
Musik Ekklesia: The Vanishing Nordic Chorale
Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Harvest Home
John Williams: Greatest Hits 1969-1999
Hermann Baumann. Grande Messe de Saint Hubert
Relache. Press Play
Stokowski, Serebrier
The Wanamaker Organ
Jordi Savall
Kronos Quartet
Valentine’s Day: Der Rosenkavalier
J.S. Bach, Monica Huggett, Gonzalo X. Ruiz
John Zorn
Gustavo Dudamel
Chant d’Automne, French Horn music
Charles Ives, Maurice Wright
Lang Lang
Pēteris Vasks
Valentine’s Day: John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, Antonio Vivaldi
Robert Moran
Stile Antico, Music for Compline
Paul Moravec
Cem Duruöz, Contemporary Music for Guitar
American Orchestral Song

New Music Box

Sep 2014 Twelve Things I’ve Learned from Church Music:

Part 1: Start where you are; Write what you know; Write for people you know
Part 2: Make them sound good; Follow the rules; Break the rules
Part 3: Write faster; Hear it, change it; Churches do tons of new music
Part 4: Stick to the text; It’s all about the music; It’s not about the music

Other writings

8 May 2014 Song of the Angels
23 Apr 2014 Easter Vigil

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