November 2017

October 2017

Obiter dictum #1

By | 2017-10-31T10:57:39+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Facebook remarks, Obiter dicta|

The Second Viennese School was well-established before the war, but may be said to have taken definitive nature after the war and was clearly affected by it (Wozzeck, e.g.). What I mean by choosing 1914 as the beginning of the twentieth century is that the wars interrupted what otherwise might have been a regular development [...]

July 2017

Anton Bruckner’s letter to the Vienna Philharmonic and Hans Richter

By | 2017-07-06T09:16:46+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Ohne Kategorie|

This is the letter of thanks that Anton Bruckner wrote in 1892 to the Vienna Philharmonic in thanks for their highly-successful and well-received premiere performance of his Eighth Symphony under Hans Richter. Note the beautiful and controlled script in a combination of Kurrentschrift and Latein. This was at the time of composition of [...]

Finish Lines by Byron Nilsson

By | 2017-07-02T12:43:31+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Anton Bruckner|

From the Classical Vault Dept.: Bill Carragan made his name as a Bruckner scholar – he completed that composer’s unfinished ninth symphony, as well as producing performing editions of others of those symphonies – while working as a physics professor. And he has turned his formidable powers to other musical challenges as [...]

June 2017

April 2017

Louis Lohraseb conducts his favorite symphony Chaikovsky 5

By | 2017-04-22T14:20:18+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Chaikovsky, Louis Lohraseb, Videos|

This is a preliminary video of Louis Lohraseb leading the Indiana University Concert Orchestra in Chaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, the one with the fate-and-triumph motto that occurs in all four movements. This piece is heard a lot, but never have I heard it conducted with such insight and attention to nuance, especially at the beginning with [...]

CAO – Steel Horse Cigar

By | 2017-04-22T12:00:56+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Anton Bruckner, Carragan's Cigars|

A wonderful, elegant, and monumental experience, this cigar: CAO Flathead "Steel Horse", 6½ inches long, 66 ring gauge. Most cigars are less than 56 ring gauge. It's the biggest cigar I have smoked since three years ago when I started to sing and edit for the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Bruckner would have loved it, and [...]

Louis Lohraseb is conducting Chaikovsky’s Fifth at Indiana

By | 2017-04-20T17:23:37+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Chaikovsky, Louis Lohraseb|

This is going to be very fine. Louis has many interesting and effective ideas for this difficult symphony and is getting excellent feedback from the orchestra. I wish I could be there! https://www.facebook.com/events/180108489171205/

An anniversary

By | 2017-04-05T14:51:02+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Art, Julie, Julie's Diary|

This is my wife, Julia Weston Faunce Carragan, as recently painted by Hedvig Lockwood of Hudson, New York. It was created from a photograph of Julie taken at Camp Dippikill in the southern Adirondacks in about 1980, where after making an ascent and having firelight dinner with other climbers she was listening to great stories [...]