Tom Huizenga http://northernpublicradio.org en Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler http://northernpublicradio.org/post/best-songs-year-so-far-puzzler The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 49999 at http://northernpublicradio.org Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tracy-silverman-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/06/12/154835249/conducting-business-crowdfunding-classical-music" target="_blank">Tracy Silverman</a> has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 49823 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sounds-summer-night-puzzler Summer has officially breezed in with not only longer days but also sultry nights. There's something about summer nights that inspires composers — perhaps a certain stillness in the air or the allure of a new romance. To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in this nocturnal puzzler dedicated to musical snapshots of warm summer evenings. Score high and turn the air conditioner up a notch. Score low and sweat it out till morning. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 49522 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz http://northernpublicradio.org/post/2014-world-cup-anthems-quiz In case you've been hiding under a rock (or a patch of AstroTurf), there's a little sporting event underway that has much of the world glued to the television. As the <a href="http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html" target="_blank">2014 World Cup</a> blasts into its second week, 32 teams (in groups of four, lettered A-H) continue to battle it out in Brazil.<p>Before each game begins, one important custom must be observed — the singing of each team's national anthem. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 49216 at http://northernpublicradio.org The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks http://northernpublicradio.org/post/concerto-400-year-old-recipe-still-cooks The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 48950 at http://northernpublicradio.org The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler http://northernpublicradio.org/post/composer-sphinx-richard-strauss-puzzler Music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15870129/richard-strauss" target="_blank">Richard Strauss </a>is heard in symphony halls and opera houses across the world. He needs little help to boost his considerable fame. Yet 150 years after his birth, the German composer remains an enigma to some classical music fans and a polarizing figure for others. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 48886 at http://northernpublicradio.org The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler http://northernpublicradio.org/post/i-hear-bells-npr-music-wedding-puzzler Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.<p>Music has long been an essential ingredient in weddings, from ushering brides down aisles to celebrating happy couples with dancing. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 48814 at http://northernpublicradio.org I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert http://northernpublicradio.org/post/simone-dinnerstein-tiny-desk-concert Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17022250/simone-dinnerstein" target="_blank">Simone Dinnerstein</a>, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.<p>The great <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> knew this to be true. That's the primary reason he composed his Two-Part Inventions. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 48446 at http://northernpublicradio.org Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt http://northernpublicradio.org/post/silence-and-awe-arvo-p-rt <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16070552/arvo-part" target="_blank">Arvo Pärt</a> is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15155026/r-e-m" target="_blank">R.E.M.</a>'s Michael Stipe and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15191158/bjork" target="_blank">Bjork</a> are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BVACGWgN4U" target="_blank">big fans</a>. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 48418 at http://northernpublicradio.org The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day http://northernpublicradio.org/post/asleep-dress-blues-music-memorial-day <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSMCgqlc-0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnlgRQdfONs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21PsFsL_Gw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJb1_EGnapY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtI</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 48013 at http://northernpublicradio.org Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day