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There's a reason you hear some pieces of music everywhere - in elevators, hotel lobbies, while you're on hold with customer service and as the brid...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
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Sergei Prokofiev has no bigger fans than Gil and Orli Shaham. Though Prokofiev's place in musical history is guaranteed by a relatively small numb...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :24
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Trumpet players thank their lucky stars every day for Telemann and Purcell. In their day, they added dozens of new works to the repertoire. When ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :23
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The cynical judgment often leveled against Vivaldi is he wrote the same concerto 100 times. Vivaldi fans respond to that charge with varying degre...

Bought by WEKU


  • Added: Mar 31, 2008
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 1
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Although musicians, critics and academics set high benchmarks for performing, most have come to terms with the fact that no performance will ever b...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2008
  • Length: :26
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While your spouse or significant other is likely to be your soul mate, you might also have a composer who fills the musical equivalent of a soul ma...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2007
  • Length: :25
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When you play before an audience, you're focused on reaching the people in the front row all the way to the person sitting in the last seat of the ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2007
  • Length: :21
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You can only dress up a well known piece of music so much, whether it's the Star Spangled Banner or the Christmas standard, "Jingle Bells." And so...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2007
  • Length: :25
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Hanukah music has not always been that easy to find on the radio or on CD in December, but there's never been a Hanukah music shortage with the Can...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2007
  • Length: :23
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A profile of a vinyl record store owner during his last week in business.

Bought by KSRQ, New Hampshire Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, NPR Station Showcase with PRX and more


  • Added: Nov 02, 2007
  • Length: 04:03
  • Purchases: 6
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Although Jean Sibelius is best known for his symphonies and his violin concerto, he also dabbled in the world of short piano pieces. Olli Mustonen...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2007
  • Length: :29
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Many recordings these days are made from live concert performances. The pressure and excitement of a live setting often brings out a more spontane...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Aug 01, 2007
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 1
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In a song or aria, what comes first - the melody or the words? It depends on whom you ask. A singer is almost guaranteed to say it's the words. ...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Jul 31, 2007
  • Length: :24
  • Purchases: 1
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Joshua Bell's relationship with the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto goes back more than 35 years. It's not just one of the world's favorite concertos ...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Jul 30, 2007
  • Length: :21
  • Purchases: 1
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Carlos Salzedo was an innovative man of the harp. He performed, he taught, he built instruments and composed. As a composer, Yolanda Kondonassis ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2007
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 1
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When you love your work, it's more than just a "job." And that's certainly the case with many musicians, including violinist Gil Shaham (SHAH-hahm)...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: May 31, 2007
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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Violinist Gil Shaham is spending much of this year playing Brahms. Whether it's the Sonatas, the Violin Concerto or the Double Concerto, it's alwa...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: May 30, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 1
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Prokofiev's two Violin Sonatas, in music and mood, represent the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Violin Sonatas. The first is dark and even contains a ...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: May 29, 2007
  • Length: :18
  • Purchases: 1
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The First Violin Concerto by Prokofiev is not the traditional concerto where the soloist dominates the stage with long romantic melodies and show s...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: May 11, 2007
  • Length: :19
  • Purchases: 2
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At times, Vivaldi is the "Rodney Dangerfield of composers." He gets no respect from the many pundits and experts who say he wrote the same concert...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: May 11, 2007
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 1
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With concertos, it's completely natural to focus our attention on the soloist. But while it's important to hear the solo part, violinist Cho-Liang...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: May 01, 2007
  • Length: :18
  • Purchases: 2
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When you've played a piece of music for 20 or 30 years, it's easy to fall into old habits and the old ways of doing things. Clarinetist Richard St...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: May 01, 2007
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
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Overnight success does happen but it's more myth than reality. Violinist Sarah Chang made her debut when she was 8 years old. Her success that ev...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :18
  • Purchases: 2
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Yolanda Kondonassis talks about one of classical music's most nurturing and resonating relationships -- the one between French composer Claude Debu...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 02, 2007
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 2
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Clair de Lune (Moonlight) is one of Claude Debussy's best known works, and it's the perfect introduction to the "Impressionist" school of compositi...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 02, 2007
  • Length: :16
  • Purchases: 2