The Ecstasy and the Criticism (Wherein my Bubble is Burst)

I didn’t expect that committing myself to a month of daily blogging would send me off on a nostalgia trip (for one thing, I’m uncomfortable with the notion that I’m old enough to be capable of nostalgia 😥 ). But the discussion of my Bartók String Quartet Watershed Moment brought up the memory of what has to be one of my top ten classical concert-going experiences of all time.

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My Musical Conversion, Part 2

NaBloPoMo Day 7! Yesterday I recounted the story of a defining moment in my musical education, when I learned that classical composition didn’t end with …

My Musical Conversion, Part 1

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Piccolo's Collected Works, vol. 1!

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Lady Mondegreen Rides Again!

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Happy May Day and NaBloPoMo!

Okay, so spring is technically over a month old, but the Upper-Mid-West, or Western-Northeast, or whatever you call the region where I currently reside, was …