On listening to Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the first time as a classical-music amateur.
On William F. Buckley Jr. and his man, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Bach, Beethoven, and other composers are friends of all mankind. Their music has even been carried into space.
On auditions blind and un-blind; Eisenhower and the ‘military-industrial complex’; ‘cultural appropriation’; and more.
‘Wokeness’ is a threat to classical music, as to other pursuits. Horror stories pile up. Alarm becomes more justified.
On masks, gardens, slang, ‘stumbling stones,’ Gypsies, cows, and more.