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 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are reposting music by J. S. Bach shared by Michael Barrett a few years ago. This post original ran on September 22, 2017. To end the week on an upbeat, let’s have a group sing. Here is the opening chorus from Bach’s Cantata No. 11. It is from the marvelous complete cantata […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are reposting music by J. S. Bach shared by Michael Barrett a few years ago. This post original ran on September 21, 2017. Continuing our quick survey of J.S. Bach, here is another cantata aria. It is really chamber music. The countertenor’s expressive part is underpinned by an incredible duet between the […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are reposting music by J. S. Bach shared by Michael Barrett a few years ago. This post original ran on September 20, 2017. Today let’s revisit Bach’s Cantata No.199. It’s a favorite of sopranos, for the obvious reason of the absolute beauty and gentleness of the central aria “Tief gebuckt und voller […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are reposting music by J. S. Bach shared by Michael Barrett a few years ago. This post original ran on September 19, 2017. I’m surveying some of my favorite Bach this week. I won’t be able to make a dent in the 250 surviving Cantatas, Oratorios, Masses, or Passions, alas. It’s true […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are reposting music by J. S. Bach shared by Michael Barrett a few years ago. This post original ran on September 18, 2017. I’ve just completed a successful time at the 25th annual Moab Music Festival. It’s a big achievement which I am proud of. NYFOS is celebrating our 30th year starting next […]




 |  Michael Barrett

There’s a lot of negativity in the world right now. Coronaviruus! Impeachment! The Iowa Caucus! But it’s Friday and I am choosing something to put a smile on your face. One of our most original songwriters in America- Tom Waits continues to catch my attention. His song writing is eclectic, but it’s his voice that […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Errollyn Wallen is a British composer and singer. I’ll be playing her song “North” on the Feb. 13 NYFOS Next concert. You can hear it in this clip at 28:05. I find it so interesting how composers hear their own music. When I interpret their music it’s not uncommon for me to have a very […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Time for 3 is a crossover group of 2 violins and a bass. They have tremendous energy and charisma, and since Charles Yang (featured violinist in NYFOS’s program 2015 program Schubert/Beatles) joined the group about 3 three years ago they have become more based in vocal music, writing much of their own material. Here is […]




 |  Michael Barrett

When Lorraine Hunt became composer Peter Lieberson’s muse, and then became Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, she sang his four Rilke Songs. These songs express a deep resonance with Peter Lieberson’s belief in Buddhism, that he found in Rilke’s text. The spaciousness of the writing, its stillness, and spiritual perspective make this one of my favorite art songs ever […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week I’ll be looking at recently written songs by young composers and their more established colleagues. Our new music series, NYFOS Next (our 10th season!), opens at the DiMenna Center on Feb. 13 with a program I’m devising, so I thought I might whet your appetite with songs that won’t necessarily be on that […]