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It’s easy to get stuck in a hole of Tiny Desk Concerts (something I do a lot, unapologetically). The classical ones are always interesting. Check out this concert from 2010 of Brooklyn Rider playing some non-Western stuff with a little Debussy mixed in. Smart programming.

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Germane to nothing right now, but Mendelssohn’s “Die erste Walpurgisnacht,” based on Goethe, is a really fun listen. Sort of sounds like if “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” took place in Weber’s wolf’s glen…

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Pianist Amy Briggs wears a GoPro while playing David Rakowski’s “Chase” étude. Fun perspective!

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I have a hunch that a CD set of historical recordings of/by Samuel Barber wouldn’t be best sold as a bargain special…

I have a hunch that a CD set of historical recordings of/by Samuel Barber wouldn’t be best sold as a bargain special…

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A Doodle for Rota

Stumbled across this nice Google Doodle from December 3, 2011, celebrating what would have been Italian film composer and Fellini-collaborator Nino Rota’s birthday. Rota studied at the Curtis Institute with Rosario Scalero, who also taught Gian Carlo Menotti, Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss and many others.

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It’s funny when you think you know what to expect from a composer and then you come across a jazzy little number like this from the Hungarian Ligeti.

Musica ricercata, No. 3

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(Apologies for the recent lull…this song is one of the reasons.)

An initially torturous, but then charming, song about fraught love and angels, sung and played by Anneliese Rothenberger and Gerald Moore.

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To my knowledge (please, correct me if I’m wrong), violins haven’t had their bridge in that spot since they took the modern form more than 300 years ago, if ever, and certainly not in the 19th century, something of which curators at The Henry Ford in Detroit were evidently not aware when assembling this exhibit. It’s a small detail, but in the world of performance, it’s one that would legitimately make a big difference, for obvious reasons. No one is playing this instrument, but the quality of exhibits and museums is often in the details. This is is why it actually does matter to hire people who know this sort of specialty knowledge.

To my knowledge (please, correct me if I’m wrong), violins haven’t had their bridge in that spot since they took the modern form more than 300 years ago, if ever, and certainly not in the 19th century, something of which curators at The Henry Ford in Detroit were evidently not aware when assembling this exhibit. It’s a small detail, but in the world of performance, it’s one that would legitimately make a big difference, for obvious reasons. No one is playing this instrument, but the quality of exhibits and museums is often in the details. This is is why it actually does matter to hire people who know this sort of specialty knowledge.

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The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation

Congratulations to John Luther Adams for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music for his piece, "Become Ocean."

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There’s something incredible about this video of Lotte Lenya singing Kurt Weill’s “Alabama Song” (a favorite of David Bowie and, in some capacity, The Doors). It might have to do with her marriage to Weill, but there’s something strikingly authentic about the way she sings the song.

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