alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Gustav Mahler! (Top Ten Pieces)

For me, Gustav Mahler is the ultimate in classical music.  As a director and composer, he found ways to get all he could from each instrument in the orchestra. No one does loud like Mahler.  And for a heart-wrenching adagio, Mahler is unparalleled.  Here is my list of the top ten Mahler pieces. 10. Symphony 2, … More alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Gustav Mahler! (Top Ten Pieces)

Five Lessons We Can Learn From Maria on Sesame Street

Sonia Manzano the actress who has played Maria on Sesame Street for the past 44 years is retiring. My first reaction? That pressure in my chest I get when I suddenly learn that something I haven’t paid attention to for ten years or more is gone. Like Star Trek’s Bones McCoy, I am transported to … More Five Lessons We Can Learn From Maria on Sesame Street

St. Augustine: Rhetorical Devices 3 and 4

From twos and threes, we proceed to two devices that require four elements, two pairs to be exact: chiasmus and synchysis. Chiasmus is an ABBA arrangement of words or phrases; Synchysis (aka Interlocked Word Order) is an ABAB arrangement of words or phrases. CHIASMUS When Augustine uses chiasmus, there is a good chance he is showing … More St. Augustine: Rhetorical Devices 3 and 4

After The Trojan War: Refugees on the High Seas

In line 3 of the epic poem the Aeneid, Vergil describes his hero, the refugee Aeneas as multum ille et terris iactatus et alto (thrown about both on land and sea).  Twenty boats were filled with Trojan refugees when Aeneas led them out of their captured homeland.  A storm at sea sinks and kills the passengers … More After The Trojan War: Refugees on the High Seas

St. Augustine: Rhetorical Devices 1

Sicut amici adulantes pervertunt, sic inimici litigantes plerumque corrigunt. Augustine Confessions Chapter 9 Just as flattering friends destroy, so quarrelsome enemies often correct. This is the kind of thing Augustine loves.  The antithesis.  Rhetorically speaking: two contrasting statements written in grammatically parallel ways. amici = inimici   friends = enemies (plural subjects) adulantes = litigantes … More St. Augustine: Rhetorical Devices 1