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Stlukesguild's Ramblings-

Random musings about art, poetry, music, and just about anything that pops into my mind by an incurable and unapologetic bibliophile... nay bibliomaniac.

  1. Magdalena-A Study in Scarlet

    After several months of labor (while working full time, mind you) I have completed the latest in my series of "icons". This one is something of a contemporary take on the penitent Mary Magdalene...the "scarlet woman"... kneeling and somewhat teary-eyed. Like the rest of this series, this painting is deeply rooted in my love of art history. There are elements drawn from Byzantine icons, Medieval European and Persian book illuminations, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, early Renaissance ...
  2. French Mélodies part 3

    French Mélodies Part 3

    I was looking over my CD shelves today and found myself somewhat (OK... not really) surprised that I own far more music by Russian composers than I do by French composers... in spite of my expressed preference (and in spite of the fact that my collection of the greatest Russian composer, Tchaikovsky, is woefully malnourished). What I have come to recognize is that there is a huge gaping void in French music that limits the amount of music I have by French composers ...

    Updated 02-14-2010 at 07:38 PM by stlukesguild

    , Musical Explorations
  3. French Mélodies Part 2

    French Mélodies Part 2: Gérard Souzay

    My preference has long been for female singers... at least when dealing with the repertoire of the French Mélodies. The music and the poems both have such a degree of sensuality that they seem to call out for the female voice. Obviously with Philippe Jaroussky I have made an exception... then again, his artful and artificial countertenor is almost a perversely decadent exception.

    Recently, however, I discovered Gérard Souzay. ...
  4. French Mélodies

    French Mélodies Part 1

    In our repeated debates as to which nation or culture has produced the greatest body of literature (or any sub-genre such as poetry or novels) our attempts to come to any sort of consensus have ultimately been thwarted by our limitations of language and the realization that we must almost certainly rely upon translations... some of which are unreliable... some of which are lacking in aesthetic merits... and some of which are non-existent. Music... however... ...

    Updated 01-31-2010 at 12:45 PM by stlukesguild

    Musical Explorations
  5. Peter Lieberson and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: Neruda Songs

    I've been listening quite a bit to a number of absolutely gorgeous vocal collections. The first of these, in my opinion, is an absolute must-have disc... an expression of the triumph of love... even in the face of tragedy... and death:

    This recording is is an absolutely heart-wrenching experience. The composer, Peter Lieberson (born 1945), studied music and composition with Milton Babbitt and ...

    Updated 01-17-2010 at 01:01 AM by stlukesguild

    , Musical Explorations
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