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So for a fleeting moment (or longer, up to you!), Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty is a top-ten seller on Amazon (in its category). But! At barely one per day out the door, this is bittersweet data in a troubled media industry. ... See MoreSee Less

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So for a fleeting moment (or longer, up to you!), Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty is a top-ten seller on Amazon (in its category).  But!  At barely one per day out the door, this is bittersweet data in a troubled media industry.

 

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Well, I'm afraid poor Sam will always be second-fiddle to the likes of Hans Zimmer Live, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and hard rock. 🎸

Told you it would be the jackpot !

Thanks to Classic Ross Amico for mentioning this latest project of mine (whitmanonfilm.com). Check out his similarly exhaustive survey of Whitman in Music on WWFM - The Classical Network on the air and archived online at wwfm.org/programs/lost-chord-ross-amico. Yawp!I am proud to have documentarian H. Paul Moon of Zen Violence Films as a follower of this page. Paul has been working very hard to get ready for the Walt Whitman bicentennial. Here is his definitive analysis of every appearance by Whitman in cinema and television.

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This video essay is part of a trilogy of Moon’s short films about Whitman that will be screened at Rhizome DC, located in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, on May 31, the actual anniversary of Whitman’s birth.

Watch it in preparation for tomorrow night’s broadcast of “The Lost Chord,” the last in a four-part series celebrating Whitman in music. Of the literally hundreds of musical responses inspired by Whitman’s verse, I’ve been able to touch on only ten composers. But what variety! Tune in this week for two openhearted and ecstatic works for chorus and orchestra by Howard Hanson and Lowell Liebermann. “Joy, Shipmate, Joy” will air this Sunday night at 10:00 EDT, on WWFM - The Classical Network.

And if you just can’t get enough of Whitman, Rachel Katz will also focus on “the Good, Gray Poet” on “A Tempo,” as she speaks with Malcolm J. Merriweather, music director of The Dessoff Choirs. The group will present three world premieres of Whitman settings, again on the actual anniversary of his birth, as part of a Whitman Bicentennial Festival. The concert will take place at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in New York City on May 31. “A Tempo” can be heard on WWFM The Classical Network Saturday evening (tonight) at 7:00 EDT.

If you miss the Whitman broadcasts, both will be archived at the WWFM website sometime next week, as have been past installments of “The Lost Chord” series. You’ll find them at wwfm.org. Click on “About Us,” then “Our Programs A-Z,” and then the individual shows, which are listed alphabetically. (“The Lost Chord” appears under the letter T.)

Or if you have the time and the patience to scroll through everything, simply click on “Classical” and then “Webcasts.”

Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find!
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Thanks to Classic Ross Amico for mentioning this latest project of mine (whitmanonfilm.com). Check out his similarly exhaustive survey of Whitman in Music on WWFM - The Classical Network on the air and archived online at wwfm.org/programs/lost-chord-ross-amico. Yawp!

 

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Not quite exhaustive, actually (in terms of "The Lost Chord"). Exhausting, maybe! Either way, thanks for the plug. 🙂

Showtime! Thanks to RBFS / Cinema Art Theater for presenting this film for its Delaware premiere. ... See MoreSee Less

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Showtime! Thanks to RBFS / Cinema Art Theater for presenting this film for its Delaware premiere.

A lovely tribute to the craftsmanship of making cellos.The Academy of Ancient Music visits leading 'cello maker, Robin Aitchison, who specialises in crafting beautiful copies of 17th and 18th Century instruments ... ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats to this crew on a stunning performance last night! And thanks to Paul for sharing your film. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we celebrate world renowned German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach with our first ever AI-powered Doodle! Made in partnership with the Goog... ... See MoreSee Less

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Thoughts & prayers // still a thing in 2019, no matter what attention-hungry politicians say (re: victims who themselves were in prayer)With the recent events that have happened in society, it has really taken a toll on me mentally/emotionally. My heart is hurting and there's nothing I can re... ... See MoreSee Less

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