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The Nijinsky of the Viola

April 22, 2011

Last night Richard O’Neill performed my Three Arias for Viola and Piano at a concert of string music by Los Angeles Composers–all performed beautifully by UCLA faculty and student ensembles. On the first half I was surrounded by Stravinsky’s gnarly Double Canon and Three Pcs for String Quartet (1914), and the Joyce-ian masterpiece Op. 45 […]


Juliana showed up for dinner the other night visibly shaken having just heard the Opera UCLA’s performance of Francis Poulenc’s DIALOGUES of the CARMELITES. I went with Josie to the Thursday night performance and Juliana was right: the finale packs a wallop. Like the first time I saw APOCALYPSE NOW, I felt as if I […]


A funny trip down memory lane. Who can forget?


Although I kept wanting to turn the film off, I watched and enjoyed “The Ghost Writer.” There were no credits at the beginning and I didn’t peak at IMDB. The music was continuously engaging. Who could it be? Not Desplat? No dreamy waltzes. The music was constantly driving forward. My favorite music was the staccato […]


What music sticks?

February 10, 2011

I was home yesterday with a nasty cold bug and decided to watch movies all day. I watched: Social Network Pineapple Express Signs It’s a Wonderful Life In Search of Beethoven And at the end of the day, what tune was stuck in my head? “Buffalo Gals” from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. What does it […]


This from the Kansas City Star: WARENSKJOLD Dorothy Lorayne Warenskjold, 89, of Lenexa, KS, passed away, Monday, December 27, 2010, at the Lakeview Village Care Center. Dorothy was born May 11, 1921, in San Leandro, CA, the only daughter of William and Mildred (Stombs) Warenskjold. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She was […]


Tears from Nimrod

January 12, 2011

For a break I decided to watch “Pirate Radio” tonight– a warm and zany movie. THEN — that sneaky music supervisor — they used the Nimrod variation from Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and like a 1930s cartoon, tears burst out of my eyes with every phrase. Why do I get so profoundly moved from this grandiose […]

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Students in music theory classes around the world study a kind of “counterpoint with training wheels” called Species Counterpoint. There are five species: note against note, two notes against one note, four notes against one note, a study in suspensions, and finally free or florid counterpoint. Students put their own contrapuntal melodies against a given […]


Loving Martinů

December 2, 2010

This week, Ronnie and I went to the always-well-programmed LA Philharmonic Chamber Music series at Disney Hall. Our tickets are in the front row and the concerts are always a joy. The funny thing is: I never know what is going to be on the program. Sometimes I have had enough music after the first […]


Eleno Mome: Macedonian Horo

November 30, 2010