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The Music of “Having Church”

“Outrage!” “Shocking insensitivity!” “Boycott!” Art, in recent years, has raised any number of protests, but this time it isn’t Jesse Helms and his cronies complaining about taxpayer-funded obscenity. Now it’s the radical left, howling over Angie and Debbie Winans’ anti-gay gospel hit, “It Ain’t Natural” (on their CD Bold , ATF Records, 1997). Problem is, […]

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Buke and Gase

Buke and Gase are this week’s “ensemble” to check out. They were the first of several great personal discoveries of mine at The Big Ears Festival. I say ‘of mine’ because they’ve been around for the better part of seven years and there’s a pretty good chance you already know of them. But if you […]

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2014 Pullitzer Prize Winner – Become Ocean

Congratulations to Alaskan composer John Luther Adams on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his composition Become Ocean for orchestra. I haven’t gotten to dive into the piece completely yet, but I look forward to the “immersive experience” that Adams describes in his interview with The Seattle Times. Wanting to “evoke light and color” Adams […]

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Nils Frahm - Spaces

Nils Frahm

I went into the Big Ears Festival this weekend having never heard of Nils Frahm and now a week later (tomorrow) his latest release Spaces is the one record that I cannot put down. I have played it on repeat since getting into my car late Sunday night for the 3 hour drive back home. […]

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Bela Bartok

The Essential Béla Bartók

In addition to being one of the most important composers of the 20th Century, Béla Bartók was one of the founders of ethnomusicology. Traveling the countryside and making field recordings of the various folk songs of different regions of Hungary, he sought to create a tradition of truly Hungarian music. The originality that resulted is remarkable. […]

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Frederick Chopin

Frèdèric Chopin

Frèdèric Chopin (1810-1849) was a composer, virtuosic performer, and former child prodigy whose compositions remain popular to this day. His signature ornamented piano compositions are often performed and studied by piano students and performers alike. Although best known for his solo piano writing, Chopin also composed songs (in his native Polish language), chamber works, and […]

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Civil War Music

Civil War Music

“Both North and South used music extensively during the Civil War to rally troops, as recreation, to march by, and many other reasons. Frequently both sides would borrow each other’s tunes or lyrics. It was not uncommon for each side to serenade the other, or for battle to stop while an impromptu concert was held.” […]

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