Tuesday, December 15, 2009

8 Bells

The Education of the Feelings, especially through music, has another champion, Mr. Brooks. The polymath who persuaded the faculties of Columbia University to add Music Humanities to the curriculum celebrates his 102nd birthday this Monday. Jacques Barzun's "Pleasures of Music" and ear-opening biography of Berlioz deliver emotional insights to the mind-and-heart. Barzun's fusion of intellect with emotion reunifies Mind and provides a theme to savor throughout his abundant works. Encore, Jacques!

8bells, Online comment to the New York Times, Juneau, November 27th, 2009, 6:23 pm