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March 2, 2009

A new week, a new need for anxiety-calming music

In case you thought it couldn't get any worse, don't look at today's closing stock market report. This global meltdown is obviously going to take a bigger toll on all of us than we could ever have imagined, but, remember, there's always great music to transport us out of the ghastly now and into an ethereal state where, at least momentarily, all is calm and secure. To help you take this little mental journey, here's an ideal vehicle, Mozart's Ave verum corpus, one of the most perfectly beautiful three and a half minutes or so in all of music:



Ave verum corpus K618 - Swedish Radio Choir/Stockholm Chamber Choir/Berliner Philharmoniker/Riccardo Muti

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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