Audio: ‘The Peanut Vendor’

The Jay and Kai Trombone Octet (featuring J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding) perform “The Peanut Vendor.” Startling use of dissonance beginning at 1’22”.


Great moments in film music: Laurel and Hardy

This stuff never gets old. A nicely done compilation, and good use of music: “The Muskrat Ramble,” the Habanera from “Carmen,” and the “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka.”

Review: Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams: ‘All In’

Review: Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams: ‘All In’. Pacific Symphony Blog, Oct. 9, 2017.

Gramophone interview with John Williams

My Gramophone interview with composer John Williams from 2005 is now online.

John Williams interview: ‘It’s not hard work that makes success; it’s sustained hard work that makes success.’ Gramophone, 2005.

Great moments in film music: ‘The Big Store’

Chico and Harpo Marx, piano four hands.

Pacific Overtures

My new newsletter for Pacific Symphony.

Pacific Overtures. October, 2017.

‘Harry Potter’ comes to O.C. courtesy of home-grown conductor

‘Harry Potter’ comes to O.C. courtesy of home-grown conductor. Pacific Symphony Blog, Oct. 2, 2017.

Really stupid moments in commercial music: Geico

A triangle solo in Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto” No. 3. Typical mainstream classical music humor.

Happy Birthday, Martin Bernheimer

Worth another read.

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The great Martin Bernheimer is 75 today. The hour has arrived, and though I intended to conduct a fresh interview, my schedule intervened. I have been in touch with him via email this morning, however, and he is his usual, lovable self. ( “I think one (interview) every 70 years is plenty,” he said, when I told him of my frustrated plans. “But thanks.”)

Below, I reprint my interview with him conducted upon the occasion of his 70th birthday. It remains mostly current. The ending is lost for all time (apologies) in the maw of my old blog:

UPDATE: The ending has now been been restored thanks to the Archives de Martin Bernheimer.

Martin Bernheimer is 70. Sept. 28 is the day. Everyone remembers the name. For 31 years at the Los Angeles Times, Bernheimer was the classical music critic you couldn’t ignore, a writer whose keen perceptions…

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Listen to this

A couple of educational pieces I did of the Pacific Symphony blog, trying to keep it simple:

Listen to this: Minuet. Pacific Symphony Blog, Aug. 30, 2017.

Listen to this: Rondo. Pacific Symphony Blog, Sept. 20, 2017.

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