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Posts published by “David Yearsley”

Travelers, Sour & Sentimental

Texas loosens, Italy locks down. With the skies mostly still clear and quiet, one can hear the collective champing at the bit before the gates open...

Praetorius 400

February 15th marked the 400th anniversary of Michael Praetorius’s death. It passed without fanfare or flourish, though this musical titan was a master of both.…

Superspreader Bowl

A month and a day after the storming of the Capitol came the national rites of healing. These were enacted not in an atmosphere of…

Music To Chill By

Here in Upstate New York nearly two feet of snow blanket the ground. Old Timers reminiscence over Zoom cocktails about the real winters of their…

Inaugural Music

In 1835 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow hailed music as “the universal language of mankind.” Few would disbelieve him and deny themselves the comfort of the cliché…

Conan and the Vandals

It took another Barbarian to deliver the toughest talk to the Vandals and Goths who sacked the American Capitol last week. Whether any from these…

Artist of Empire (September 2, 1998)

What would Art be without a theory and practice of plunder? It's no accident that the greatest artistic achievements of the Athenians coincided with their…

Have Yourself a Revolutionary, Bachian Christmas

Christmas is a dangerous time, for it threatens social instability, political disorder, even revolution. At the culmination of the story kings kneel before a helpless…

Songs of the Biden Heart

Much has been made of the playlists of the erstwhile presidential contenders. Back in 2016 Trump’s obsession with winning was given voice by Queen’s “We…

If Only Trump Could Sing

Theodora was Handel’s penultimate oratorio and his least successful. The London premiere came in March of 1750, but the work closed after just three performances.…

Ostalgie (December 24, 2003)

It may be that the interest in and affection for life in the old East Germany is a result of the current German “crisis” —…

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