음악과 오월의 가을을 도서관에

가을이 깊어가고 있습니다. 크라이스트 쳐치의 가을은 항상, 그리운 이들이 더욱 더 보고 싶어 가슴 저리게 만듭니다. 올 단풍도 유난히 아름답게 물들었네요. 어제 내린 비는 아스팔트 위에 낙엽으로 수를 놓고 그 위를 걷는 나는 눈물 나게 행복합니다. 이번 달에 소개할 새로운 책입니다 인문학 명강- 서양고전은 서울대학교와 플라톤 아카데미가 진행한, ‘서양 고전, 인간을 말하다’ 강연을 책으로 엮…
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Nancy Drew…85 years young

It seems hard to believe, but Nancy Drew, girl detective, turned 85 last week. She was the creation of 24 year-old Mildred A. Wirt. Wirt wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew books, the very first of which was The secret of the old clock, published on 28 April, 1930. Wirt is described in Girl…
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Oh my WORD!

This morning in a café, three of my favourite things came together for a sort of a bookish group-hug. First there was the cappuccino, then a book: Reach by Laurence Fearnley, and finally a delicious little custard tart. Life is good. Three ladies came across to find out what I was reading. I love when…
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Make your own New Zealand music

Experimental musicians love their self created instruments. I once listened to a composer on National Radio describing how he used all the glasses in his house to create three octaves of notes which he then used to create a fragile sounding theme for a composition. However, long before the experimental movement, making your own instrument…
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Early New Zealand music

Music was a welcome distraction for New Zealand’s early European settlers, who brought songs with them from their homelands, and who quickly developed new folksongs and ballads to sing about and cope with their harsh experiences of life in New Zealand. Much early European New Zealand music focuses on life on the frontier whaling and…
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