I am sad to report that after a long, fruitful life, and a difficult battle with cancer, my sweet German shepherd, Django, has passed away peacefully. Throughout his illness, I have found solace in the haunting, yet placid finale of Mahler's epic 9th Symphony, his last, and it's eventual peaceful fade into tranquility and rest. Many suggest that this was Mahler's swan song, and was an ultimate statement on his resignation to his oncoming death. Django lived an incredible life, and I find no better way to remember his life and honor his passing than presenting this beautiful piece of music.
I leave you with music, and a few profound words about this work:
"It is terrifying, and paralyzing, as the strands of sound disintegrate ... in ceasing, we lose it all. But in letting go, we have gained everything."
– Leonard Bernstein
It has been nearly a month since my last post, but I think you will find this piece sufficient compensation for my lack of bloggage. A fabulous chorus by Johann Sebastian Bach, for what scholars assume was another cantata, with text taken from the Book of Revelations. Celebrate Bach's birthday by listening to Bach, the most extraordinary musical craftsman to ever live.
What I'm Listening to This Week: Debussy's "La cathédrale engloutie" orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski
Woody Allen once said that the Jupiter symphony is "proof that God exists." Here is the triumphant final movement.
An absolutely stunning piece from the wonderful Mexican composer.
This is the piece I will conduct with the UGA Mens' Glee Club next month and again in April with orchestra. Incredible, and very unique. True example of Finnish nationalism!
See the "Media" page of the website to view some conducting videos from Fall 2011.