Author Archives: Jbstovall

Diabolus in Musica

As a young piano student I would occasionally hit an interval that made my conservative piano teacher cringe. The combination Read More →

Appropriate Planning: Sacred Vs Secular

Today I would like to explain the meaning of a couple of terms that are important when dealing with concert Read More →

Working as a Church Musician

One will encounter a variety of situations working as a church organist or pianist. Aside from the regular Sunday services Read More →

This Song is Killing Me

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1560-1613) was a late renaissance Italian nobleman, lute player, composer, and murderer. In music he is Read More →

Pre-requisite 4: The Industrial Revolution

In the last post we discussed how music is the story of the people who listen to it. Whenever people Read More →

Pre-requisite 3: The Franco-Prussian War

This post is the third in a series on Western culture entitled Pre-requisites. (See the first and second articles.) In Read More →

Pre-requisite 2: Social Class

Today’s post will be the second in a series on pre-requisite knowledge. (See the first article here.) These are concepts Read More →

Pre-requisite: A Brief Explanation of Western Culture

This blog attempts to chronicle history and music—particularly where they interact with the Catholic religion—in an uncomplicated manner. With that Read More →

Rewriting History

  Today’s post will address the subject of historical revisionism, specifically negationism. Negationism is the practice of changing or deliberately Read More →

The Old Ones

  “I like the old songs. Why don’t you people at the church play any of the old songs?” is Read More →