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Jay Nordlinger

Jay Nordlinger has written about music for The New Criterion since 2000. He is a senior editor of National Review and a fellow of the National Review Institute. He does two podcasts: Music for a While and Q&A. Since 2002, he has hosted a series of public interviews at the Salzburg Festival.

Nordlinger is the author of two books from Encounter: Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World and Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. National Review Books has published two collections of his journalism: Here, There & Everywhere and Digging In.

A native of Michigan, Nordlinger has long lived in New York.

October 27, 2022

Music for a While #67: Mornings, etc.

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This episode begins with “Early in the Morning,” the song by Ned Rorem (who just turned ninety-nine). It proceeds with “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.” Later on, there is “Sunday Morning,” one of the “Sea Interludes” from Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes.” Jay was not going for a morning theme. It just happened that way. There is other music too, including a hymn, both in its straightforward choral version and in an improvisation by a famous, and devoted, pianist.

Rorem, “Early in the Morning

Rodgers & Hammerstein, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” from “Oklahoma!”

Schoenberg, “Waldsonne

Britten, “Sea Interlude,” “Sunday Morning,” from “Peter Grimes”

Shostakovich, Interlude No. 2, from “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk”

Chapí, “Carceleras,” from “Las hijas del zebedeo”

Trad., “Come, Come, Ye Saints

Johannesen, Improvisation on a Mormon Hymn

September 21, 2022

Music for a While #66: September songs

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True to the title of this episode, Jay has September songs: classical (Strauss and Ives, for example); popular (Earth, Wind & Fire!); and in between (Weill). A wonderful and timely bouquet.

Marx, “Septembermorgen

Weill-Anderson, “September Song

Stenhammar, “September

Schmidt-Jones, “Try to Remember

Ives, “September

Strauss, “September

Earth, Wind & Fire, “September

September 09, 2022

Music for a While #65: Moods, indigo and not

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As you can tell from the heading, Jay plays “Mood Indigo” in this episode—or rather, Ella Fitzgerald sings it. There is more jazz at the end, as the Oscar Peterson Trio does up “Tangerine.” This episode also includes an aria by Puccini—two versions of it. Then there is a rare and wonderful tone poem by Liszt. And more. Highly interesting, and nourishing.

Chopin, Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No 2 (“Revolutionary”)

Ellington, “Mood Indigo

Puccini, “Aria di Rinuccio” from “Gianni Schicchi” (in Italian)

Puccini, “Rinuccio’s Aria,” from “Gianni Schicchi” (in English)

Liszt, Symphonic Poem No. 13, “From the Cradle to the Grave”

Puccini, “Senza mamma” from “Suor Angelica”

Schertzinger, “Tangerine

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