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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. Since 2002, he has hosted a series of public interviews at the Salzburg Festival. He does a podcast with Mona Charen called Need to Know. He also does a podcast called Q&A. In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with Jay Nordlinger, a TV series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities.

He 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 Nordlinger’s writings: Here, There & Everywhere and Digging In.

A native of Michigan, Nordlinger has long lived in New York. His podcast with The New Criterion, titled “Music for a While,” can be found here.

July 17, 2019

Music for a While: The best song ever written

Or rather, three nominees. Plus, Gerard Schwarz, the trumpeter/conductor whom Jay interviewed recently on his “Q&A” (here). This episode provides beauty, wonder, excitement, controversy, solace—it’s music.

Haydn, Trumpet Concerto, final movement, Gerard Schwarz et al.

Piston, Symphony No. 4, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz

Stölzel, “Bist du bei mir,” Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerald Moore

Caccini, “Amarilli,” Janet Baker et al.

Mahler, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,” Christa Ludwig et al.

July 08, 2019

Music for a While: America!

Jay says “Happy Independence Day” with a buffet of American music, starting with “The Banjo” and ending with “America the Beautiful.” In between, you will have many melodies, many voices, all adding up to America. Have a great one.

Gottschalk, “The Banjo,” Ivan Davis

Camptown Races,” Marilyn Horne et al.

Ives, Symphony No. 2, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

MacDowell, “To a Wild Rose,” J. J. Sheridan

Hoiby, “Lady of the Harbor,” Ursula Kleinecke-Boyer, María Pérez-Goodman

Lowry/Copland, “At the River,” Marilyn Horne et al.

American Salute” (an arrangement by Morton Gould), Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Ride On, Jesus” (arr. R. Nathaniel Dett), Florence Quivar, Armen Guzelimian

The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Leontyne Price et al.

Ward, “America the Beautiful,” Ray Charles

June 27, 2019

Music for a While: A tutu or two

Introducing this episode, Jay says, “Gonna throw a little ballet at you”—and he does. Some music from ballets. He also throws in some arias, some jazz, and more. An interesting, diverse, soul-pleasing episode.

Tracks played:

Massenet, “Elegy,” the Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Massenet, “Elegy,” José van Dam et al.

Massenet, “Elegy,” Art Tatum

Massenet, “The Dream,” Tito Schipa

Massenet, “Gavotte,” Victoria de los Angeles

Desyatnikov, piano prelude, Lukas Geniusas

Prokofiev, excerpt from “On the Dnieper,” Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

Glazunov, “Hail” and “Grande bacchanale” from “The Seasons,” Minnesota Orchestra, Edo de Waart

Glazunov, Symphony No. 5, “Heroic,” last movement, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier


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