Ethelbert Nevin

Ethelbert Nevin, a retired technical draftsman, resides in a quiet New England backwater. Currently translating a novel about Continental pinsetters, Nevin longs for the days when music didn’t try to please everybody.

Letter from the Provinces

Baseball to Star Wars

Letter from the Provinces

Baseball to Star Wars

Wagner’s Ring Tones

A bit of non-music blather on the ray-de-oh announced that, globally, the customized cell-phone ring business is a $3.1-billion industry.

Wagner’s Ring Tones

A bit of non-music blather on the ray-de-oh announced that, globally, the customized cell-phone ring business is a $3.1-billion industry.

Listening to the Radio. Again.

I really do more than listen to the radio. Sometimes I drive around and listen to the radio.

Listening to the Radio. Again.

I really do more than listen to the radio. Sometimes I drive around and listen to the radio.

Letter from the Provinces: The End of Music Spells the End of Us All

What prompts such a fatalistic letter? Why, nothing short of the end of the music we know and love.

Letter from the Provinces: The End of Music Spells the End of Us All

What prompts such a fatalistic letter? Why, nothing short of the end of the music we know and love.

Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends on Naxos

Like a hyena caught in a washing machine! It sets all my commemorative plates a-rattle. Her intonation has the accuracy of toddlers solving quadratic equations.

Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends on Naxos

Like a hyena caught in a washing machine! It sets all my commemorative plates a-rattle. Her intonation has the accuracy of toddlers solving quadratic equations.

Another WHRB Spring Orgy

Last year I wrote about WHRB’s Spring 2003 Orgy, when this local, college-affiliated station devotes long consecutive hours to all of a given band’s recordings or composer’s works, as close to complete as recording allows.

Another WHRB Spring Orgy

Last year I wrote about WHRB’s Spring 2003 Orgy, when this local, college-affiliated station devotes long consecutive hours to all of a given band’s recordings or composer’s works, as close to complete as recording allows.

Mahler on the Radio

It’s easy to imagine the Symphony of a Thousand’s cast standing alert, their bright, beaming faces ready to emit three cheers for Faust.

Mahler on the Radio

It’s easy to imagine the Symphony of a Thousand’s cast standing alert, their bright, beaming faces ready to emit three cheers for Faust.

A Letter from the Provinces: In the Dentist’s Chair

A recent (and overdue) session in the dentist’s chair began with the most unusual accompaniment: an excerpt from Górecki’s Third Symphony.

A Letter from the Provinces: In the Dentist’s Chair

A recent (and overdue) session in the dentist’s chair began with the most unusual accompaniment: an excerpt from Górecki’s Third Symphony.

WHRB’s Spring 2002 Orgy Period

This season, listeners were treated to about 176 hours of Franz Joseph Haydn.

WHRB’s Spring 2002 Orgy Period

This season, listeners were treated to about 176 hours of Franz Joseph Haydn.

Insomnia

A few weeks ago, here in our quaint New England outpost, I was besieged by a terrible flu. There was one night when it was particularly difficult to get to sleep. Sometimes the radio helps to soothe and bring on sleep. But not so on this night.

Insomnia

A few weeks ago, here in our quaint New England outpost, I was besieged by a terrible flu. There was one night when it was particularly difficult to get to sleep. Sometimes the radio helps to soothe and bring on sleep. But not so on this night.