What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Vocal Colors and Lush Musical Landscapes


paulusTwin Cities composer Stephen Paulus passed away yesterday. I was completely unaware of his lovely music until I saw a friend post about his death on Facebook, and I went to investigate. I’m very glad I did.

“He knew the potential for vocal colors, extreme registers, you name it, he just had that skill to bring something that really became part of our diet, every concert practically.” – Twin Cities choral director Dale Warland

I can see why my friend was saddened by his passing. The man’s music is so comforting and peaceful, it put me right to sleep last night while I was trying to write this post while listening to it. (That is the truth!)

Since he didn’t touch my life until after his was over, I am not going to write him an OBiT. Instead, I offer up his remarkably beautiful music. Here’s a playlist of his best-loved works. I’m certain he won’t be forgotten.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

4 thoughts on “Vocal Colors and Lush Musical Landscapes

  1. I first heard of him yesterday. NPR did a small story on him. His beautiful music is soaring through my house right now. Thank you.

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  2. Hi Donna— I’m a violinist (on disability leave, tho, at the moment) in St Louis Symphony, + we played a piece by Paulus awhile ago. (Or else it might’ve been at one of the festivals I’ve played at over the years—its a blur, man, after you’ve played a long time!) Anyway, I don’t remember details, obviously, but I have a generally good memory of the piece. . I can’t believe he passed away… !
    Donna, I have to commend you on the variety (+ richness) of your postings— never have I gotten updates from the classical music world from my blog-reading (well, til I met you ♭♪♯) 〜 Merci buckets!

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