Our Music Our Selves


Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014) — Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor

Posted in Notices,Programming by Lester Knibbs on the January 31st, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

NOTICE: As of  January 30, 2014, this program “Our Music Our Selves” on American Muslim 360 Blogtalk Radio is no longer scheduled. Brother Thomas Abdul-Salaam, the Executive Director of American Muslim 360, will take over those two hours on February 6. We have had a dispute over discussions of homosexuality on the program. Although discussions (or any mention) of homosexuality had not occurred on every program, Brother Solomon and I had considered it best to limit the amount of time spent on that subject. Brother Thomas — apparently responding to complaints he had received — wanted to halt discussions of homosexuality “until we can find a way forward”. I do not know what that expressions means — but I do understand the word “halt”. I told Brother Thomas that unless I am free to discuss homosexuality when and how I see fit, I would not do the program. So, as it stands, “Our Music Our Selves” is no longer on the air. Maa shaa-Allah. (Whatever Allah wills.)

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 6th of Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. is The Chaconne.

This Thursday we plan to share with you the Cello Concerto in B minor of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). This concerto was composed while the composer was living in the United States and incorporates themes reminiscent of African American spirituals. Among Dvorak’s students was Harry T. Burleigh who became one of the leading African American symphonic composers. Dvorak was so fascinated by the spirituals that he often had Burleigh singing them for hours at a time.

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Our theme for this new year — The Chaconne — is the name of a musical form in the symphonic repertoire. I am using this term to refer to an ancient musical idea which probably originated in Africa and which, in historical times, was introduced to Europe and the wider world from Africa — especially during the Moorish occupation of Spain and as a consequence of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In addition, we will be sharing many symphonic works by the favorite composer of Brother Solomon and myself, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by the 18th century composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and numerous works by 19th century composers. In addition, we intend to have more Qur’an.

This week is the last  of our series of four concertos — three for piano and orchestra, one for cello and orchestra — whose keys spell out the name BACH. (In German, the letter “B” stands for the note B-flat, and the letter “H” stands for the note B-natural.) This week, the final of the series is in B minor.

  • 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):
    Tchaikovsky, Concerto in B-flat minor for piano and orchestra
  • 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):
    Schumann, Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra
  • 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):
    Mozart, Concerto #24 in C minor for piano and orchestra
  • 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):
    Dvořak, Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra

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As usual, I continue to call on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

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Please join Brother Solomon for this very special sharing and conversation.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014) — Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the January 28th, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 29th of Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. is The Chaconne.

This Thursday we plan to share with you Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, composed in 1786. The primary theme of the first movement of this concerto is an excellent example of the chaconne — in its rhythm, in the descending chromatic melodic line that usually appears in the bass, and in its harmonic progression.

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Our theme for this new year — The Chaconne — is the name of a musical form in the symphonic repertoire. I am using this term to refer to an ancient musical idea which probably originated in Africa and which, in historical times, was introduced to Europe and the wider world from Africa — especially during the Moorish occupation of Spain and as a consequence of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In addition, we will be sharing many symphonic works by the favorite composer of Brother Solomon and myself, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by the 18th century composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and numerous works by 19th century composers. In addition, we intend to have more Qur’an.

Starting two weeks ago, we have a series of four concertos — three for piano and orchestra, one for cello and orchestra — whose keys spell out the name BACH. (In German, the letter “B” stands for the note B-flat, and the letter “H” stands for the note B-natural.) This week, the third of the series is in C minor.

  • 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):
    Tchaikovsky, Concerto in B-flat minor for piano and orchestra
  • 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):
    Schumann, Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra
  • 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):
    Mozart, Concerto #24 in C minor for piano and orchestra
  • 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):
    Dvořak, Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra

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As usual, I continue to call on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

****************************************

Please join Brother Solomon for this very special sharing and conversation.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014) — Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the January 22nd, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 22nd of Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. is The Chaconne.

This Thursday we plan to share with you the piano concerto (1845) of Robert Schumann (1810-1856).

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Our theme for this new year — The Chaconne — is the name of a musical form in the symphonic repertoire. I am using this term to refer to an ancient musical idea which probably originated in Africa and which, in historical times, was introduced to Europe and the wider world from Africa — especially during the Moorish occupation of Spain and as a consequence of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In addition, we will be sharing many symphonic works by the favorite composer of Brother Solomon and myself, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by the 18th century composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and numerous works by 19th century composers. In addition, we intend to have more Qur’an.

Starting last week, we have a series of four concertos — three for piano and orchestra, one for cello and orchestra — whose keys spell out the name BACH. (In German, the letter “B” stands for the note B-flat, and the letter “H” stands for the note B-natural.) This week, the second of the series is in A minor.

  • 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):
    Tchaikovsky, Concerto in B-flat minor for piano and orchestra
  • 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):
    Schumann, Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra
  • 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):
    Mozart, Concerto #24 in C minor for piano and orchestra
  • 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):
    Dvořak, Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra

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As usual, I continue to call on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

****************************************

Please join Brother Solomon for this very special sharing and conversation.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014) — Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the January 9th, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 15th of Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. is The Chaconne.

This Thursday we plan to share with you the first piano concerto (1875) of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). The chaconne bass pattern is heard at the opening of the first movement and returns, lyrically, as the bass line of the gentle (at first) second theme. This concerto — especially the first movement — is one of the most explosive concertos ever written and features the extremely muscular style of Russian piano technique.

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Our theme for this new year — The Chaconne — is the name of a musical form in the symphonic repertoire. I am using this term to refer to an ancient musical idea which probably originated in Africa and which, in historical times, was introduced to Europe and the wider world from Africa — especially during the Moorish occupation of Spain and as a consequence of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In addition, we will be sharing many symphonic works by the favorite composer of Brother Solomon and myself, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by the 18th century composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and numerous works by 19th century composers. In addition, we intend to have much more Qur’an. The First Thursday Symphony will no longer be a part of our schedule.

Starting this week, we have a series of four concertos — three for piano and orchestra, one for cello and orchestra — whose keys spell out the name BACH. (In German, the letter “B” stands for the note B-flat, and the letter “H” stands for the note B-natural.)

  • 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):
    Tchaikovsky, Concerto in B-flat minor for piano and orchestra
  • 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):
    Schumann, Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra
  • 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):
    Mozart, Concerto #24 in C minor for piano and orchestra
  • 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):
    Dvořak, Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra

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As usual, I continue to call on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

****************************************

Please join Brother Solomon for this very special sharing and conversation.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 8 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 9, 2014) — Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the January 2nd, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 8th of Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 9, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. is The Chaconne.

This Thursday we plan to share with you the one and only violin concerto (composed in 1878, the same year the Brahms violin concerto) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).

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Our theme for this new year — The Chaconne — is the name of a musical form in the symphonic repertoire. I am using this term to refer to an ancient musical idea which probably originated in Africa and which, in historical times, was introduced to Europe and the wider world from Africa — especially during the Moorish occupation of Spain and as a consequence of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In addition, we will be sharing many symphonic works by the favorite composer of Brother Solomon and myself, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by the 18th century composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and numerous works by 19th century composers. In addition, we intend to have much more Qur’an. The First Thursday Symphony will no longer be a part of our schedule.

This Thursday marks the last of our five weeks of violin concertos. Starting the next week, we will have a series of four concertos — three for piano and orchestra, one for cello and orchestra — whose keys spell out the name BACH. (In German, the letter “B” stands for the note B-flat, and the letter “H” stands for the note B-natural.)

  • 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):
    Tchaikovsky, Concerto in B-flat minor for piano and orchestra
  • 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):
    Schumann, Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra
  • 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):
    Mozart, Concerto #24 in C minor for piano and orchestra
  • 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):
    Dvořak, Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra

****************************************

As usual, I continue to call on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

****************************************

Please join Brother Solomon for this very special sharing and conversation.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester