Corymbus is a English-speaking blog specialized in the field of classical music and opera. As such, Corymbus is a qualified source of soClassiQ, like Lucid Culture or The Classical Review and many others. The oldest article indexed by soClassiQ is dated 2017-08-14. Since then, a total of 73 articles have been written and published by Corymbus.

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With 4 articles published in the last 90 days, Corymbus is currently a not very active news source. "Not very active" does not mean that Corymbus is less interesting than another more prolific source. Each blog follows a specific editorial line, publishing according to its own rhythm.

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The last article in Corymbus, "Semyon Barmotin: Mysterious Preludes", is dated 2020-07-31. By 2019, this source had published 24 articles (12 since the beginning of 2020). Over the past 12 months, Corymbus has published an average of 1 articles per month.

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2020-07-31 15:19:43

If you’ve never heard of the Russian composer Semyon Barmotin (1877-1939), then you’re not alone. Neither had I, until I discovered Christopher Williams’s new recording of his Op.12 piano preludes for Grand Piano Records – a world premiere recording, no less Two mysteries are described in the liner notes. One is the date of the … Continue reading Semyon Barmotin: Mysterious Preludes →


2020-07-04 08:45:16

I’ve always enjoyed the hymn tune Slane. It’s probably best known as Be Thou My Vision, though I learned it in school as Lord Of All Hopefulness. It’s a traditional Irish tune, and a very beautiful one too. But what makes a tune beautiful? That’s impossible to answer fully, and your opinions may differ from … Continue reading Be Thou My Vision →


2020-06-23 13:10:11

During lockdown, I’ve been fortunate to have local countryside to exercise in. One of my favourite places to walk is a footpath through fields beside the river Enborne. Rivers make handy natural markers; our national and county borders often track them. And while the Enborne is only a few metres wide – a tributary of … Continue reading River Lines →


2020-05-22 08:33:58

‘Music’s not what it used to be’. ‘Kids these days, with their so-called music’. These are familiar refrains. Most of us develop a strong connection with music in our youth. But as years progress and fashions change, some of us end up feeling left behind. While leafing through Ernst Meyer’s book English Chamber Music, I … Continue reading High-Prized Noise →


2020-04-27 13:43:40

To my mind, Thomas Tallis composed some of the most beautiful music ever written. My appreciation of him is agnostic: it does not matter that much of his sacred choral music is in Latin, a language I have never learned. Nor does it matter that I’m not a singer, and have little experience of the … Continue reading Letters Of Lamentation →


2020-04-19 08:32:34

Who could have guessed that 2020 would be the year of enforced domesticity? Well, here we are. Life in lockdown is harder for some than others. Living on the edge of a small town, I’m fortunate to have plenty of space for safe exercise. And as the streets assume an almost prelapsarian quietness, I also … Continue reading Intermezzo →


2020-04-16 10:04:54

     By Peter Davison The loss of live concerts is surely one of the saddest impacts of the current health crisis, and we should spare a thought for those freelance musicians who, even in the best of times, survive close to the breadline. True, there are some brave attempts to use on-line technology to … Continue reading Music In Isolation →


2020-03-24 12:04:53

The composer Thea Musgrave was born in Edinburgh in 1928. Her prolific output spans over half a century, and as the list of works on her website shows, she continues to compose into her nineties. I’ve recently been exploring some of Musgrave’s recorded instrumental music. Her online catalogue is headed by a quotation from a … Continue reading Turbulent Landscapes →


2020-03-10 13:23:11

By Richard Laing Full many a gem of purest ray serene / The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear. – Thomas Gray Every so often a fanfare in the press announces the discovery of a long-lost or hitherto unknown fragment of music by a famous composer. Libraries, attics and floorboards occasionally give up their treasures … Continue reading Hiding In Plain Sight →


2020-03-06 12:24:15

It was while reading Karen Armstrong’s History Of God that I first came upon the name Abu Nasr al-Farabi. A Middle-Eastern polymath from the medieval ‘golden age’ of Islamic scholarship, al-Farabi held a striking view of God that had as much to do with Aristotle and Plato as it did the Quran. When Armstrong mentioned … Continue reading The Second Teacher →

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