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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.

January 12, 2023

Music for a While #70: Ringtones and other tunes

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This episode features the “Nokia tune”—which actually comes from a Spanish guitar piece. We also have tributes to two late-greats: the clarinetist Stanley Drucker and the organist Frederick Swann. And music by Handel, Berkeley, Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970), et al. A wonderful assortment.

Poulenc, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, last movement

Debussy, “La plus que lente

Handel, “No, no, I’ll take no less,” from “Semele”

Tárrega, Gran Vals

Connesson, “Céléphaïs” from “Les Cités de Lovecraft”

Bach, Gigue from the French Suite No. 1 in D minor

Berkeley, Sonatina for Guitar, first movement

Elvey, arr., Swann, “Crown Him with Many Crowns

December 19, 2022

Music for a While #69: Noël!

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A Christmas podcast: with carols, songs, and other things from all over. Various musical presents under this Tannenbaum.

Bach, “Grosser Herr, o starker König,” from the Christmas Oratorio

Trad., “The First Noël

Trad., “Joy to the World

Rinker & Huddleston, “December

Trad., “O du fröliche

Trad., “Balulalow

Trad., “Everywhere I Go, Somebody Talkin’ ’Bout Jesus

Gruber and Mohr, “Silent Night

Tormé & Wells, “The Christmas Song

Trad., “Angels We Have Heard on High

Bach, “Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben,” from the Christmas Oratorio

December 06, 2022

Music for a While #68: Preludes and other short wonders

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As our heading suggests, Jay fills this episode with preludes and other short pieces, and songs—by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Shostakovich, and others. A wonderful, filling assortment.

Shostakovich, Fugue in A major, from Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87

Debussy, “La fille aux cheveux de lin

Debussy, “Minstrels

Shostakovich, arr. Tsyganov, Prelude in D flat, Op. 34

Shostakovich, arr. Tsyganov, Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 34

Bach, arr. Kanneh-Mason, “Komm, süsser Tod

Tchaikovsky, Scherzo, from “Souvenir d’un lieu cher”

Tchaikovsky, Mélodie, from “Souvenir d’un lieu cher”

Clarke, “The Cloths of Heaven

Dunhill, “The Cloths of Heaven

Debussy, arr. Hartmann, “La fille aux cheveux de lin

Clarke, “Down by the Salley Gardens

Trad., arr. Britten, “Down by the Salley Gardens


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