Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Happy Birthday, Franz and Phil

With our weather here in central Maryland having turned to what the forecasters in the area are calling, 'finally, winter', I have begun a work today that will reflect our frosty weather of late. With the thermometer reading just 22 degrees at 1:30 in the afternoon, this one is going to be quite . . . 'wooly'!

Also, today being the birth date of both Franz Schubert and Philip Glass, I thought I would celebrate by listening to Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (which is actually playing as I type this) and later on this afternoon, one of Philip's Symphonies will come off the shelf for a listening. It's a shame that many see Schubert's music as rather uninteresting and bland (I can not imagine why anyone would not wish to hear the Trout quintet!) and an equal number see Philip's in almost the same light. Well, to each his own.


Carel Brest van Kempen said...

...and an equal number see Philip's in almost the same light.

I'd guess more than an equal number. Even so, I'll listen to his violin concerto tonight. Thanks for the heads-up.

Terry Miller said...

Hey Carel... good to hear from you. And yes, I bet that you are right in saying that more than an equal number might be 'put off' by Glass. Well, enjoy the concerto. By the way, I wonder what disc you have? Is it that nice pairing with the John Adams concerto (another stunning piece of music, in my humble opnion) by Telarc with Robert McDuffie and the Houston Symphony?