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In Greek mythology, the muses were the daughters of Zeus the king of the gods and Mnemosyne the goddess of memory. The muses inspired men to create what we commonly call the fine arts. In this digital realm, you will find music of both high and low culture, from literature to the visual arts to what we narrowly call music in English. Enjoy and be grateful for being human; for the muses have richly blessed our race.
Thursday, February 24, A.D. 2011
A Woman’s Fantasy (or Nightmare)

A few days ago, I presented Johannes Nyholm’s trailer for Las Palmas. Having found the baby bar trashing amusing, I looked at his other work. He appears to make music videos for several Swedish bands. The one that I liked most was his video for Jenny Wilson’s “Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward.” How many hours did it take to make?

I am a sucker for labor intensive, low tech artistry. From Švankmajer’s stop-motion to Aardman’s claymation, the creativity is more accessible than computer wizardry. Industrial Light & Magic and Pixar are pretty amazing, but there is a charm to magic that does not require a computer.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, February 24, Anno Domini 2011
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Tuesday, February 15, A.D. 2011
Nunc Dimittis

For those on the old calendar, have a blessed feast. For today, the second of February on the Church calendar, is the Meeting of Our Lord, also called Candlemas in the West.

Here is a beautiful rendition of the Prayer of Saint Simeon by the choir of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery.

I do not know the setting, but it is lovely. Perhaps my favorite musical piece is Rachmaninov’s version, which I have posted before: “The Prayer of Saint Simeon.” What inspiration! I venture that Cecilia, Notkar Balbulus, John Koukouzelis, and Hildegard must really enjoy Sergei Vasilievich’s company.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, February 15, Anno Domini 2011
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