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Deceptive Cadence
3:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait': Honest Abe's Oratory, Tailored For Orchestra

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 11:39 am

Brooklyn-born Aaron Copland was an American original in more ways than one. It's not just his music, with its openness and simple elegance. It's that he expected ballet dancers to act like cowboys, pianists to play blues and orchestra players to accompany political speechmaking. His Lincoln Portrait, composed during World War II, matches words from our 16th president with symphonic music.

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The Record
2:07 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

My American Dream Sounds Like Nina Simone

Nina Simone, 1969.
Jack Robinson Courtesy of Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 6:59 pm

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A Blog Supreme
1:24 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.
Jacques Beneich

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 4:17 pm

Today jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates his 82nd birthday, presumably near Montauban, France, where he will play a gig tomorrow. In fact, he'll spend most of the month in France, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey doing what he does best: pouring himself into his enchanting music.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:57 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer Souvenirs: 75 Years Of Tanglewood In Pictures

Seiji Ozawa and Arthur Fielder, aboard a train during Tanglewood on Parade, 1975.
Heinz Weissenstein/Whitestone Photo courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 2:34 pm

Join us Friday as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood, the summer music festival that is both the seasonal home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a legendary destination in its own right.

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Music Interviews
4:45 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Stephane Wrembel: Music As 'A Question Of Life And Death'

Stephane Wrembel's new album is called Origins.
J. Elon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 1, 2012 7:32 am

If you're a moviegoer, there's a good chance you'll recognize Stephane Wrembel's sound, if not his name.

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Music Interviews
5:27 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters.
Devon Kodzis NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 3:23 pm

This summer, Weekend Edition Saturday is listening to the sounds of music al fresco. Today, we present an audio postcard of a trumpeter we recently heard blowing "The Star-Spangled Banner" just down the street from NPR.

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Music News
3:54 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Young Musicians Leave Nest For New Opportunities

Nathan Schram (back row, third from left) performs with his students from PS 75 in Brooklyn.
Stephanie Berger Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 7:48 am

The odds of making it in the classical music business are long, but for the past two years, 25-year-old viola player Nathan Schram has received a stipend, health insurance, lots of amazing performance opportunities and a real-world education teaching violin students at an inner-city elementary school in Brooklyn. Now, Schram and his colleagues have to say goodbye to The Academy.

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World Cafe
1:32 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

M. Ward On World Cafe

M. Ward.
Courtesy of the artist

In recent years, indie-folk singer-songwriter M. Ward has dabbled in the retro pop sounds of She and Him with Zooey Deschanel and joined forces with Conor Oberst and Jim James in Monsters of Folk.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:51 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 29, 2012

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits Paris' Louvre Museum on June 29, 2012.
FRED DUFOUR AFP/Getty Images
  • How many contemporary political figures have a piano prize named after them? Here's one: Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. A gold medal will be awarded in her honor at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Playing the piano was one of her coping mechanisms during 15 years of house arrest.
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Piano Jazz
12:39 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Helen Sung.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Helen Sung appeared on Piano Jazz on the heels of her second release, Helenistique. Critics loved the energy, the intelligence and, as pianist Benny Green put it, "the life-affirming joy" that emanated from Sung's playing on that album. Marian McPartland, too, was seduced by Sung's "dazzling and passionate" approach.

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