I love music.

I write about the music I like and have purchased for the benefit of better understanding it and sharing my preferences with others.

Musical Expression

A key component to baroque music is expression. You might say it's an important concept in all musical forms and historical periods, really, but I think what really set baroque music apart was a transformation and codification of affect into musical formulae and the imitation of the human spirit into instrumental sound. I seemingly have a thing with this concept, looking back. Not one, not two, but three works under my pen on the topic of musical expression. * Musical Expression in the Renaissance (PDF) * Musical Expression at Both Ends of the Baroque (PDF) * Music Expression and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (PDF) These were all written between 1996-1999. The writing of all three papers reflect my intense interest in baroque music, and helped me personally develop my skills for scholarship and academic writing.

Bach and the Harmonia Mundi

Classic Musica Antiqua Köln