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One of the most frequently asked questions of musicians is, what does "interpretation" mean: how do you "interpret" music? For pianist Andre Watts,...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :29
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Arnold Schoenberg pioneered a composition method and style known as "12-tone music". Melodies and harmonies were created from a predetermined sequ...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :23
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There's often a story to the music you hear on your station. Conductor Riccardo Muti says you don't have to know the story to hear and feel what t...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :24
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The soloist faces a number of temptations in the Sibelius Violin Concerto, especially the magical moments at the beginning. For Hilary Hahn, the t...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :27
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From a bone chilling graveyard scene, to the sound of a heart beat that slows down and finally stops beating, Prokofiev's First Violin Sonata has j...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :23
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Like many Russian musicians in the 20th century, Sergei Prokofiev's music was under the direct supervision of the Russian government. Pianist Orli...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :24
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All performers face numerous pressures, from career choices to wardrobe selection. Young musicians and teenage actors are often pressed to grow up...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2007
  • Length: :22
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Violinist Julia Fischer often finds that she has to defend her age and her generation. The up and coming 24* year old admits she bristles a bit wh...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2007
  • Length: :29
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How much do you need to know and understand to enjoy classical music? Olli Mustonen is best known as a pianist, but he also conducts and composes ...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2007
  • Length: :25
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Yolanda Kondonassis is an advocate for harp music new and old. When she lobbies today's composers, she encourages them to both appreciate and thin...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2007
  • Length: :28
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Traditionally, composers have gone beyond their own national boundaries for their creative inspiration. One composer who frequently thought and co...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2007
  • Length: :29
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It's natural to wonder how a composer can write music that touches us in such powerful ways. With Aaron Copland, that question is more specific. ...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2007
  • Length: :34
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There is ample evidence that composer Aaron Copland wanted his music performed straight, as is, with little added emotion or nuance by the performe...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2007
  • Length: :26
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Caption: Richard Stoltzman
The "what if" question game is always an interesting game to play. What if Leonard Bernstein had pursued composing over conducting? What would he...

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  • Added: May 01, 2007
  • Length: :28
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Something's missing in violinist Hilary Hahn's latest CD. Rather than take the traditional "show off your fantastic technique" approach in two hig...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :27
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The ideal job is one that's also your favorite hobby. Conductor Andrew Litton says making music is both his job and his passion - and both come wi...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2006
  • Length: :27
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Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich spent most of his entire creative life worrying about whether his government was going to send him to jail or...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2006
  • Length: :22
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Evelyn Glennie may be one of the only full-time percussion soloists, but she reminds us we all have some kind of drum in our past. Use this 21 sec...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2006
  • Length: :21
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Caption: Julia Fischer
Violinist Julia Fischer's relationship with Bach goes well beyond playing his music in concerts and on recordings. Use this 21 second clip to intr...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :21
Caption: Pascal Roge
Pianist Pascal Roge has fond memories of his student days at the Paris Conservatory. He studied with Marguerite Long, who was one of Debussy's fav...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: :23
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Caption: John Corigliano
While some composers are inspired by nature and walks in the countryside, others approach it as a job where they show up and put pencil to music pa...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :22
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The "Nocturne" in Classical Music refers to music for night time. Pianist Alexander Kobrin says that Chopin's Nocturnes explore and illustrate man...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2006
  • Length: :21
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Pianist Andre Watts is best known for his command of the most popular and more challenging piano repertoire - sometimes called "warhorses." But he...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :29
Caption: J.S. Bach
Three Bach playing pianists talk about a possible spiritual presence in music by Bach. Use this 59 second "Mix" for Bach's Birthday (March 21) or ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :44
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Aaron Copland is called the "Father of American classical music" for his ability to set American landscapes and the American spirit to music. Befo...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2007
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 1