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We ought to come up with a better way to bring in the new year than singing John Lennon's "Imagine," which asks us to imagine what our country would be like if we could jettison the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bible...
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One can be modern without being avant-garde, and by instead thinking in the old musical way, in terms of grammatical sequences that linger in the ears and the memory of the listeners... Important composers,...
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Can an unbeliever, a denier of the faith, produce such music as Beethoven did in his Missa Solemnis?... It has long been fashionable in music history textbooks to speak of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as a purely artistic statement that, to...

"It’s not what a musical idea is when you first hear it, but it’s about what it can become or how it transforms over the course of a piece of music." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCBGfEL7NjE Books on Mozart may be found in The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore.  We hope you will join us in The...
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What is it, in and about music, that gives one an experience so outside of oneself that one can see reality anew, as if newborn in a strange but wonderful world?... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Robert Reilly...

Mozart was not like us. The question as to why Mozart died so young is always superseded by: How could he have existed at all? How could you ask more of a miracle?"... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died...
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The American neoclassical composers wrote music of sanity and logic and civility, music that is modern yet built on tradition. Their music is timeless and universal. Listening to it, one is transported to a bygone era in American culture, and indeed in the culture of the West...
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On my desert island, I would need to give myself Prospero-like powers, so that the music could be played and sung as mystically as the music of the spheres by an ensemble and choir of invisible nymphs... How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this...
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Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde should prompt us to search for an antidote to the lovers’ death wish—to pursue a love that preserves rather than destroys, celebrates rather than abolishes individuality, and seeks life rather than death... “They who were two and divided now became one and...
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There is nothing in the natural world, or in the inner and outer life of man, that does not find its counterpart in the all-embracing realm of tones. Music as symbol is the whole of all things... “They who were two and divided now became one...
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Surely, there will be composers who will once again build upon the past and upon each other’s work, creating beautiful new melodies and nobly redefined forms. Eventually, a genius will appear who, like Mozart, will owe almost everything to those who went before him...
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A few weeks ago I visited the parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas. Former Anglican priest, Fr. Christopher Phillips, has made the parish his life’s mission and has created there a remarkable church...
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Editor's Note: Franz Schubert wrote "Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen" in 1816 after a text by Johann Georg Jacobi, which is reproduced below in English translation. Three recordings of this exquisite piece—arranged for...
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This summer I taught a week-long music course for high school students. As the week progressed, I brought in samples of music to listen to, pieces by Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Palestrina, that would illustrate this or...