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Guru Gita

In the Guru Gita, a Hindu scripture of 216 verses, the Lord Shiva explains the Guru principle and beliefs about enlightenment to his wife.

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This is the first coloratura passage from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. The word in Italian means coloring. A coloratura is a soprano with a high, bright, flexible voice who can sing elaborate, decorative passages with agility and speed. She is to singing what a sprinter is to running.

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I ran across this Rondino by French composer and organist Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) tonight while playing the piano. It’s very simple, something I learned years ago, but the melody has always remained with me.

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The Music Room

My ex-partner was a classical pianist and guitarist. Her mother was a violinist who played in the city Philharmonic and taught violin for many years. One sister played the harp, another the guitar, and her brother was also a classical pianist.

Below are three pieces she played often. I found recordings of her playing these recently, and it reminded me of nights I’d lay on the couch listening.

One room in our house was called the music room. It was a small room in the center of the house that held shelves of piano, guitar and voice music (we each had our own shelves) and all the instruments she’d collected in her travels: guitars, wooden flutes, recorders, bagpipes, an Irish bodhran. There were also small wooden cuckoo clocks, racks and racks of cds and all her recording equipment. The room had the most wonderful acoustics. When I was last there, it had been converted into storage space, but this painting I’d done of her was hanging on the wall among all the instruments.

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