music

Beethoven's Fur Elise
12:54 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Breathing New Life Into Fur Elise

A painting of Ludwig van Beethoven.

One of our favorite NPR shows plus Beethoven's famous little piano piece adds up to a must-listen moment!

From Fresh Air with Terry Gross (weekdays at 2 on our News Service; Sundays at 5 on our Classical Music Service): the show's music critic delights in a 1932 performance of Fur Elise, revived by a company called Pristine Audio.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:11 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley Take The Tiny Desk

Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley performing for Tiny Desk Concerts.
Credit NPR / npr.org

The host of your Sunday noontime show "From the Top," pianist Christopher O'Riley, and cellist Matt Haimovitz visit the cozy NPR home of Tiny Desk Concerts. Tucked into a casual office corner, backed by shelves of books and trinkets, reading the music off their tablets, they offer up some Beethoven and Philip Glass and Leo

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Jazz In America
7:57 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Two Greats From Seattle, 'One Of The Most Important Jazz Cities'

Ernestine Anderson performs at the Windsor Jazz Festival in 1966.
David Redfern Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 10:02 am

Jazz bassist and composer Christian McBride recently finished a week-long West Coast tour in Seattle. It reminded him of how great a town it was for jazz, both historically and presently.

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Guitar Music
8:59 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Tiny Desk Concert Showcases A Guitar Quartet

A screenshot of the Dublin Guitar Quartet's Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.
Credit Tiny Desk Concerts / NPR

We know you love guitar music. From Classical Guitar Alive (Sunday mornings at 9), to Inland Folk (Saturdays, 11am-2pm), to the guitar solos and concertos our classical music hosts bring you throughout the days and evenings, Northwest Public Radio listeners warm to this ageless, genre-spanning instrument.

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Valeintine's Day Music
6:32 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Here Are A Few Great Songs For Valentine's Day

Credit Leandroid / Flickr

We already know that NWPR staff have great taste in music. You only have to listen to our Classical Service to know that. And so with Valentine's Day on Saturday, we once again asked our staff for recommendations. Here's what we got:

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Music + Culture
9:54 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Do Billboard Magazine Lists Matter? Yes, If You’re Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers holding the Vieuxtemps Guarneri violin.
Credit Molina Visuals

She’s played in person at the Orcas Island and Seattle Chamber Music Society festivals, but it’s the audiences beyond the concert hall who put violinist Anne Akiko

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Music + Culture
4:52 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Music Award Nod Goes To Nez Perce Drummers

Lightning Creek are from Lapwai, Idaho.
Credit Lightning Creek

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

And this year the debut album by a group from Idaho has been nominated for an award.

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Inland Folk Jam Session
8:59 am
Tue October 14, 2014

How Inland Folk Got Its Theme Song

It's catchy, and can stay with you the whole weekend! Inland Folk has used Good Road as its theme song since 1989! So how did Good Road come to be? Watch the video below to see Dan Maher perform with the song's creator and talk about its origin.

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The Nile Project
9:03 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

A group of Nile Project musicians play together at the Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda in January 2013. Left to right: Dina El Wedidi, Dafaalla El Hag, Lawrence Okello, Kasiva Mutua.
Julie Caine

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:32 am

In a quiet park in Kampala, Uganda, 14 musicians from seven East African countries sit together under a tree. They're working on an idea from Ugandan musician Lawrence Okello.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:41 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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