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      A Trippy Composer

      The composer writes, "Then he removed a dagger from his jacket and stabbed me through the heart." At that point the music stops abruptly. That's pretty intense, right? Never mind that it really happened. Claude Vivier was only 35 years old when a male prostitute stabbed him more...

      Baroque&Before: Can You Read Medieval Music?

      We know the Neandertals made flutes of bone some 43,000 years ago. More recent came hieroglyphs with harps, flutes, and lute-like instruments. The art of the ancient Greeks and Romans have similar images. Keeping that in mind, figures like the treble clef or the quarter note are newcomers to the human timeline. How those ancient musics sounded has been lost. It wasn't until medieval monks more...

      A Conductor for the 21st Century

      Mexican maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto is getting a lot of attention from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra's audience seems to love him, he's great with kids, and speaks Spanish—all important assets for the CSO, as the organization works to engage the greater Chicago community. When it comes to the importance of acknowledging a community's diverse population, Prieto not only gets it more...

      The Many Lives of Shakespeare

      People are always saying William Shakespeare is the greatest English language writer. Did you know he translates well, too? Giuseppe Verdi supposedly kept the complete Shakespeare (in Italian) beside his bed. This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin explores the synergies between Shakespeare's words and different composers around the world more...

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