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: Countdown and Wrap-up

As Tower went down for the count, I found myself giving them money yet again.

Letter from the Provinces: Countdown and Wrap-up

As Tower went down for the count, I found myself giving them money yet again.

Holst Seven, Matthews Nil

The last time a living composer’s comments raised hackles (the only time perhaps?), that German gent, the one who’s working at a seven-day opera, uttered some “misconstrued” words about 9/11.

Holst Seven, Matthews Nil

The last time a living composer’s comments raised hackles (the only time perhaps?), that German gent, the one who’s working at a seven-day opera, uttered some “misconstrued” words about 9/11.

Guilty, Your Honor

Tower Records has filed for bankruptcy again. I feel responsible not just for the collapse of this chain, but for the severe downturn of all brick-and-mortar music sales.

Guilty, Your Honor

Tower Records has filed for bankruptcy again. I feel responsible not just for the collapse of this chain, but for the severe downturn of all brick-and-mortar music sales.

WAM: Crude and Cosmopolitan

Mozart could write dirty canons. Sure. Whatever.

WAM: Crude and Cosmopolitan

Mozart could write dirty canons. Sure. Whatever.

Loony for Tunes

If you can sing the tune to “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down,” or if Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley are household names, then this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Loony for Tunes

If you can sing the tune to “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down,” or if Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley are household names, then this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Marco Polo’s do-it-yourself Hymnen

By any reasonable measure, this is an insane undertaking, reflecting not just dedication, but a whole lot of research.

Marco Polo’s do-it-yourself Hymnen

By any reasonable measure, this is an insane undertaking, reflecting not just dedication, but a whole lot of research.

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.