Arts

Deceptive Cadence
8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

New York Polyphony's Living Room Madrigal

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:41 pm

For New York Polyphony, it's location, location, location. The four-man vocal ensemble thrives on music from the Renaissance, much of it designed for cavernous, reverberant spaces. Think voices soaring through arched cathedrals. But madrigals by Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso, with their more intimate storytelling vibe, are suited for smaller venues — like, say, the living room of New York Polyphony bass Craig Phillips.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Classical Lost and Found: The 'Hindustani' Piano Concerto

The "Scottish Lochs," an impression of composer Erik Chisholm's homeland.
Moya Hogarth Hyperion Records

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 9:38 pm

Like the music of his good friend Béla Bartók, Scottish composer Erik Chisholm's two piano concertos rely heavily on folk sources. But in Chisholm's case, the influences come from Scotland and India rather than Bartók's beloved Eastern Europe.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:05 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Jeremy Denk's Joyfully Mad Ligeti

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:41 pm

Armed with cameras and microphones, we recently invaded the rehearsal spaces of prominent musicians. The result is "In Practice," a new series of videos you can watch here.

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Music
2:43 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'

A Civil War cannon with American flags in Kennesaw, Ga.
iStock

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:08 pm

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his piece The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major in commemoration of the Russian Army's successful defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing troops at the Battle of Borodino. Most Americans, however, know the piece as the bombastic tune that accompanies Fourth of July fireworks shows all over the country.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:47 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 22, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel applauds the youngsters of Scotland's Big Noise Orchestra after their Thursday performance in Stirling.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images
  • This week, Gustavo Dudamel was in Scotland to visit Raploch, Stirling, the "former haunt of notorious crime-clan ­matriarch Big Mags Haney and once so educationally deprived it was dubbed a 'higher-free zone.'" It now is the home of Big Noise, a classical music project for kids run by Sistema Scotland.
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Arts
12:01 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Author OK with Midwestern label, for now

Cover for Molly McNett's debut short-story collection.

Molly McNett reads "Ozzie the Burro," one of her stories in One Dog Happy.

Morning Edition interview with Dan Klefstad (June 22, 2012).

 Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri June 22, 2012

America's Got Palate

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:42 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
9:19 am
Fri June 22, 2012

'Next!' How Do You Reduce Audition Anxiety?

The difference between being first sax and fourth is nailing the audition — and you can give your child the advantage of careful preparation.
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:44 pm

All this week, we've been exploring the ways families help kids learn to play music. Along the way, we've gleaned lots of great tips on everything from choosing an instrument to tantrum-free practice from our readers, as well as young musicians who have appeared on From the Top and their parents.

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Arts
6:17 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Author OK with Midwestern label, for now

Cover for Molly McNett's debut story collection.
  • Molly McNett reads 3 emails from her story "Ozzie the Burro."
  • Morning Edition version (June 22, 2012)

Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."

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Deceptive Cadence
9:57 am
Thu June 21, 2012

How Do You Encourage Your Kid Without Being A Crazy Stage Parent?

If your child's happy and she knows it, then her practice time will surely show it.
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:44 pm

All this week, we've been exploring ways to encourage kids' enthusiasm in learning music, from picking an instrument to finding a teacher to practicin

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