Category Archives: Arts Criticism

Literary Points of View—Part 3
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In Part 1, I explained the meaning of the term literary of point of view (POV) and observed that every character in a literary work must have one. To see Part 1 now, click here. In Part 2,  I introduced … Continue reading

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Literary Points of View—Part 2
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In Part 1, I explained the meaning of the term literary of point of view (POV). I pointed out that: Every character in a literary work must have a POV. A character’s POV is critical for how a literary work turns … Continue reading

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Want to Hear More Karl Haas Programs?
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That’s Dr. Karl Haas on the left. In case you don’t already know who he is, Dr. Karl Haas was a distinguished classical music performer and presenter, interpreter, and explainer who for decades originated a widely-syndicated and highly successful radio … Continue reading

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The Red Shoes—A Great Film by the Archers
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You may have seen the 1948 classic movie, The Red Shoes; lots of people have. If not, don’t miss this movie if you care about ballet or any of the other performance arts. The Red Shoes is a British film … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann–A Good Filming, a Great Performance
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The 2002 performance of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at the Opera National de Paris, Bastille, released on DVD in 2004, is a masterful performance of a masterwork by a master composer. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the part of Hoffmann … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
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The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann) is an opera composed by Jacques Offenbach (picture at left). To my thinking it’s not only his best, it’s one of the best operas ever written by anyone, a masterwork. It’s a shame … Continue reading

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Can a Literary Work Belong to More than One Genre?
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Can a liteary work belong to more than one genre? Visitors frequently ask this question because they often see literary works that are identified with a particular genre by publishers, advertisers, book stores, or libraries; and authors are often labeled … Continue reading

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15 Minutes of Fame
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Andy Warhol, the American pop art painter, printmaker, and avant-garde filmmaker, is the person credited with coining the expression 15 minutes of fame. Accurately quoted, what he said in 1968 is a paraphrase of something he printed on a catalog … Continue reading

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Piano vs. Harpsichord
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When it comes to classical music written for the harpsichord, I stay away from piano transcriptions. Ugh! Why? Because composers like Byrd, Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart knew what the harpsichord was good for; they knew what they were … Continue reading

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Hard is Hard…to Define
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Did you ever try to define hard, medium, and easy? If not, you may be surprised at how hard it is. It’s hard to define what hard, medium and easy mean. It’s even harder to decide whether something is hard, … Continue reading

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