Composer’s Notebook

Opening phrases of "Conditor alme siderum" - a seventh-century Latin hymn used during the Christian liturgical season of Advent. (English: “Creator of the stars”)

Composer’s Notebook: taking Lessons and Carols online

Mark Gresham | 30 NOV 2020 On Sunday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta did what it always does this time of year: it began the Christian Advent season with an Advent Lessons and Carols service. It is similar […]

Violinist and composer Mark O'Connor. (credit: Deanna Rose)

A message from Mark O’Connor at the outset of this crisis

Mark O’Connor | 20 MAR 2020 Hello everyone. We are devastated just as every other person in America and around the world is, that we are experiencing a global pandemic in COVID-19. At this point the only comparison might […]

l-r: Pianists Rudolf Firkušný, Nikita Magaloff and Arthur Rubinstein in 1960. (source: Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO); credit: Joop van Bilsen; permissions: < a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands.)

Remembering Rudolf Firkušný

Giorgio Koukl | 25 OCT 2019 Thus year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of renowned Czech-American pianist Rudolf Firkušný. Born in 1912 in the Moravian town Napajedla, Firkušný began his musical studies with composers Leoš Janáček and […]