Jay Nordlinger begins a new podcast, a music ’cast. As he says, he’ll talk about music – make some points, tell some stories, tell some jokes – but mainly play music. Because why talk when you can listen? He begins this inaugural episode with the song from which he swipes his title (“Music for a While”). There is also some piano music by Prokofiev – music seldom heard. Jay remembers a couple of musicians who have died recently. And he closes with a song from “Kiss Me, Kate,” which is back on Broadway.

“Music for a while,” goes Henry Purcell’s song, “shall all your cares beguile.”

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There are 9 comments.

  1. colleenb Member

    Great to see a podcast devoted to music by Mr. Nordlinger. If possible, can he list all the songs and composers. I can probably figure them out but a list would be great.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  2. colleenb Member

    As for instance the Mozart: I know the composer and which opera it is from but don’t know Italian enough to catch the name of the duet. Maybe a listing of the performers too? I just love the female duet in the Marriage of Figaro between Susanna and the Countess. This reminds me of that.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 11:17 AM PDT
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  3. Vectorman Thatcher

    colleenb (View Comment):
    Maybe a listing of the performers too?

    At 9:56 Jay gives the names as Barbra Bonney (sop) and Elīna Garanča (alto).

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    • June 4, 2019, at 12:47 PM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member

    See @vectorman. You know these lovely singers – and how to spell their names correctly. In looking them up I would probably get something wrong. Maybe I’m too visual. But then why the heck am I listening to a podcast about music.😉

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    • June 4, 2019, at 6:41 PM PDT
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  5. Vectorman Thatcher

    colleenb (View Comment):
    You know these lovely singers – and how to spell their names correctly.

    I have heard Barbra Bonney a few times, most recently singing the 5th movement of Brahms’ German Requiem. As for Elīna Garanča, I guessed at spelling her name and DuckDuckGo did the rest.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 6:55 PM PDT
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  6. Dr. Mike Lincoln

    He does describe each piece, the performance, and the performers before he lets them play, but for those less familiar with such things, I agree, show notes would be a great help.

    I am very excited about this podcast. I have read his New Criterion music columns for a while, and really enjoy them, along with the Salzburg Journal he does for that festival. 

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    • June 6, 2019, at 12:01 PM PDT
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  7. Blue Yeti Admin

    Dr. Mike (View Comment):

    He does describe each piece, the performance, and the performers before he lets them play, but for those less familiar with such things, I agree, show notes would be a great help.

    I am very excited about this podcast. I have read his New Criterion music columns for a while, and really enjoy them, along with the Salzburg Journal he does for that festival.

    Jay has been traveling (as he does), but he will upload a list of the tracks included in this show shortly and we will do the same on all subsequent shows. Thanks for the great idea!

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    • June 6, 2019, at 12:04 PM PDT
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  8. Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq Contributor

    Good to see this podcast. Any chance we could get the full piece as the default rather than just a quotation?

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    • June 8, 2019, at 9:44 PM PDT
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  9. Blue Yeti Admin

    Hank Rhody, Drunk on Power (View Comment):

    Good to see this podcast. Any chance we could get the full piece as the default rather than just a quotation?

    In future episodes, we’ll give you the YouTube link to the full pieces. 

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    • June 9, 2019, at 1:01 AM PDT
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