Episode 1: Der Getreue Music-Meister

Published: Nov 22 2020

In this inaugural episode, I talk about the inspiration behind the title of this podcast: Der Getreue Music-Meister, which translates to "The Faithful Music Master". I also explain that I am definitely not a music master, but I always strive to learn.

I also talk about my frustrations with the inclusion of the Feast of Christ the King, which is taking place on November 22 this year, and I just wanted to put my two cents out there.

Some highlights:

Tea: Tazo Wild Sweet Orange (not my favorite)

22:38 - Here is my poem I read

My People (2013)

Orange line. Home soon: school bag clad.

One small brown girl stands near — glad;

Her mom looks out — stale, drained, beat.

Girl looks up and calls me “Dad.”

34:20 - What I'm listening to: here is a good recording of Symphony 15 by Dmitri Shostakovich:


44:34 - The word of the day is verity. Here are the two example sentences I wrote:

An unfortunate verity onto which wordsmiths often cling is that excesses of Latinate words add pomp to their writing. It doesn’t make me want to read it.

The verity of compassion is being challenged as people decide whether to wear masks in public or wash their hands.

47:35 - Etymology of the day

Getreue – has two components. My German is terrible, but I know that the beginning “ge” is some sort of adfix to the root word “treu". This word derives from Proto-Germanic “triwwiz”, which is also the root that gives us the English word “true”.

The Proto-Germanic word “triwwiz” derives from the PIE root “drewh2” which means “steady, firm.”

In German, the word “treu" and “getreue” have the meaning of “loyal and faithful” as possible definitions. I want to say that this is similar to older uses of the word “True” in English.

51:22 - My thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

In regno Christi, inquimus, quippe nobis videbamur ad pacem redintegrandam stabiliendamque non posse efficacius, quam, Domini Nostri imperio instaurando, contendere.

In the Kingdom of Christ, that is, it seemed to Us that peace could not be more effectually restored nor fixed upon a firmer basis than through the restoration of the Empire of Our Lord.

Quas Primas (Pope Pius 11, December 11, 1925)

1:09:05 - What I'm practicing

The music from today's episode is from the first and last movements of Georg Philipp Telemann's Recorder Sonata TWV 41:F2.

I'm also currently practicing his Bassoon Sonata TWV 41:f1

Thank you for listening and reading!