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8:04 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Finding Nature, Rage And Humor In Modern American Symphonies

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the Washington Monument in October 1992. The AIDS crisis is the subject of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, "Of Rage And Remembrance."
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The symphony after World War II appeared to be headed for extinction as composers took divergent paths to experiment with musical language and forms. But the evidence of recent decades shows that the genre was never really on the verge of disappearing.

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Music + Culture
7:21 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.
Sedge LeBlang Metopolitan Opera Archives

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Music + Culture
6:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Slimmed-Down Gramophone Awards Honor Home Team

The album cover for Dutilleux' Correspondances and other works, which won the Contemporary prize at the 2013 Gramophone Awards.
courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

The British classical magazine Gramophone announced today the latest round of winners of its annual awards, now in their 90th year. With an expansive roll call of noteworthy albums ranging from early music to opera, the Gramophone Award honorees represent a tantalizing range of musical achievement — but it's a smaller array than in years past.

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Music + Culture
3:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Remembering Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland became a legend throughout her 40 years in jazz.
Credit RJ Capak / SCETV (via NPR)

Jazz legend and public radio host Marian McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at the age of 95.

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Music + Culture
4:38 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:23 pm

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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Music + Culture
4:28 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Symphonic For The People: The Mid-Century American Symphony

Composer Marc Blitzstein (left) with Leonard Bernstein studying the score of a Blitzstein work during a 1947 recording session.
W. Eugene Smith Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Over the course of the 20th century, the symphony as a genre — originally an inheritance from Europe — increasingly became a transnational tradition, flowing across the Atlantic and back again.

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Music + Culture
9:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

An American Maverick Turns The Symphony On Its Head

Charles Ives, better known as an insurance executive in his time, wrote innovative symphonies incorporating American folk and hymn tunes.
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  • Jan Swafford Tells The Story of Composer Charles Ives And His Wife, Harmony

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Music + Culture
10:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Life is Short, Opera is Long, but Wagner is Forever

Brian Carter, professor of music at WSU

This month, Seattle is abuzz with excitement over Seattle Opera's Ring Festival, which began last week and continues until August 25th. Every four years, Seattle Opera produces Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, the set of four operas totaling fifteen to sixteen hours.             

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Music + Culture
2:07 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

Does this mean Josh Bell will start using "There She Is, Miss America" as an encore?
Louie Aguinaldo iStock

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Music + Culture
9:40 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Left-Handers Day Coup at Northwest Public Radio

Northwest Public Radio's Morning Edition host Sueann Ramella tries to use her left hand while working on the computer. "I never realized how difficult it is to be a left-handed person in a right-handed world until Robin Rilette enlightened me."
Credit Kevin Rinker

The Northwest Public Radio studios are in a state of chaos today, as resident left-handers Kevin Rinker and Robin Rilette celebrate “Left-Handers Day.”

Early this morning Rilette was seen forcing….um….rather….engaging in cultural sensitivity  training by gently encouraging “Morning Edition” host Sueann Ramella to use the radio board and mouse with her right hand held behind her back.  As you can see from the expression on her face it was not easy. 

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