- My letter to the editor regarding the turmoil at CBC appears in today's Globe and Mail. It says nothing that I haven't treated in exhaustive, even agonizing detail elsewhere, but if you're willing to do some sleuthing you can find it easily enough.
- A. C. Douglas is blogging excerpts from Nicholas Slonimsky's Lexicon of Musical Invective, the indispensable index to negative reviews of now-canonical pieces. My copy isn't at hand at the moment, but I remember it with great fondness. Read George Bernard Shaw tearing into Brahms's German Requiem, or wince at the dreadful anti-Stravinsky doggerel that appeared in American papers after early performances of Le Sacre du Printemps. (These timeless poems, including the immortal "Who wrote this fiendish Rite of Spring", form a witty song cycle by Henry Cowell.)
- Paul Jacobs is on a mission to convert the continent's leading music critics to fans of the pipe organ.
- David Sinden is lobbying for more interesting names for the Sundays after Trinity, a mission which I fully support.
- The Comics Curmudgeon is still blogging about comics.
- It's Esa-Pekka Salonen's birthday! Alex Ross has details, as does Tim Mangan, but Mangan wins the prize for using the most Finnish. What a cool language.
Now playing: Improvisations on Virginal Pieces by Giles Farnaby, op. 50, by Edmund Rubbra. So sue me - I really like twentieth-century orchestral arrangements of English Renaissance dance music!