classical music

Stunned Jackasses

Just like Rip Van Winkle, coming out of his 20 year hiatus from life’s annoyances to learn that his wife has died, his son is grown and his beard is a foot long, US Senators woke up up a couple… Read More ›

Tea for Two or More

“I always advise people never to give advice” ~ P.G. Wodehouse Well, it’s that time for the quarterly fund raising campaign at the local classical music station here in the mega-metropolis the Asylum is located in, where we’re also allowed… Read More ›

Magnificent Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was one of the few composers who have encapsulated the dilemma of being a 20th-century creative artist quite as poignantly as Prokofiev. He was already composing by the age of six, and wrote his first opera, The… Read More ›

Thieving Magpies

La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is a two act opera by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. The libretto by Giovanni Gherardini was based on the 1815 comedy La Pie Voleuse by JMT Badouin d’Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez. The story tells… Read More ›

A Third of Beethoven

“So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, he too will tread under foot all the rights of man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!” ~ Ludwig van… Read More ›

The Gifted Mendelssohn

Some people have talent in spades.  Since we here at the Asylum, well, most of us anyway, have a difficult time just shifting through the media frenzy for the truth each day, trying to discern the color of lies, half… Read More ›

Music Interlude

“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach With the media-induced hysteria here in the States in overdrive, we here at the Asylum like to take refuge with a bit of that which… Read More ›