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Media > Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968
February 27th, 2019

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On a cold Berkeley morning early in December 1968, I cut class and joined a queue on Telegraph Avenue, waiting for Discount Records to open. The line wasn’t as long as the one I’d joined for the Beatles’ White Album [...] more >>

Media > On Music and Activism
February 22nd, 2019

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Musical activism reached its zenith in the wake of the political turbulence of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Media > Think Tax Season is Tough? Bach Wrote Something For That
February 8th, 2019

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Several years ago Cornell musicologist and professor David Yearsley wrote an analysis on Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nur jedem das Seine (“To Each What is Due Him”), BWV 163.

Media > What’s the Deal with Do Re Mi? The Story of Solfège
January 30th, 2019

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One of the more enduring moments from The Sound of Music comes when a free-spirited Maria von Trapp (Julie Andrews) takes a handful of giddy Austrian children out for a singing rampage through Salzburg, Austria.

Media > The Lost Classics
January 25th, 2019

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Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.

Media > Giving Classical the Boot(leg): A Brief History of Illicit Recording
January 16th, 2019

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For certain music enthusiasts, of all concert souvenirs, the bootleg recording is the most covetable. Neither autographed Big Gulps nor commemorative T-shirts exceeding the cost of one’s wardrobe can compete with the illicit pleasure of listening to performances exactly as [...] more >>

Media > Turn Yourself Into a Songwriter With These Free Apps
January 11th, 2019

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WHETHER YOU’RE A well-established wordsmith or someone who’s never written a song before, inspiration can strike at any moment. Could that phrase fit into the perfect chorus for a new song? Could that melody you’ve had stuck in your head [...] more >>

Media > 5 Hours of Glenn Gould Outtakes. Why? Listen and Find Out.
December 7th, 2018

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Sitting comfortably in my living room, I had every intention of listening to the boxed set that had recently landed with a thud in my mailbox. For Bach lovers, Glenn Gould fans and pianists (I’m all three), here was perhaps [...] more >>