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Signifyin’ in Song: How the Sounds of Slavery Changed Music Forever
African-American spirituals are not just a cornerstone of the American choral tradition, they have impacted countless genres of music heard everywhere from saloons to symphony halls. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” borrows heavily from African-American musical traditions and spirituals in particular. The composer once said: “I am convinced that the future music of this ...
9 Living Black Composers You Need To Know
If you’re not familiar with these 9 composers, we’ve got 2 things to say: 1. You’re missing out on a lot of great music. 2. Now’s your chance to catch up! June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, and while you shouldn’t limit your appreciation of music by African-American composers to the month of June, it’s a nice excuse to explore ...
How One Chord Changed the World: “Tristan” at 150
If you’re a music lover, you may have heard of the so-called “Tristan chord” from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. Audiences were stunned to hear this infamous harmony when the opera premiered on June 10, 1865 in Munich, Germany. As Tristan turns 150, let’s take a look at what makes the Tristan chord so unique. The “Vorspiel,” or Prelude, to Tristan begins with with a “dissonant” chord. The terms “consonance” ...
What If Nina Simone Had Been a Classical Pianist?
Before Nina Simone became one of America’s most iconic jazz musicians, she wanted to have a career as a classical pianist.
Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba
On Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm Central and running until 10:00 pm, WFMT will join American Public Media for a live broadcast from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra. The Orchestra is joined by pianist Frank Fernández and two Cuban choirs in an all-Beethoven program that features the “Choral Fantasy” and the “Eroica” symphony. Osmo Vanska conducts. This performance and broadcast are the ...
LISTEN: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Piece of Music that Changed His Life
A conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer-conductor widely considered to be one of the most important in his field.
Star Soprano Kate Royal on the Joys and Difficulties of Singing Rare French Works
Soprano Kate Royal has made her name singing in some of the oldest and most beloved operas in the repertoire by Monteverdi and Mozart, but the London native is also drawn to and sought-after to perform in more modern operas.
5 Mexican Composers You Should Know on Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by learning more about Mexico’s most celebrated composers of the past and present. Here are 5 Mexican composers you should know because of their incredible contributions to the world of music.
6 Songs to Welcome the Merry Month of May
“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot famously wrote. But May is here, and what better way to welcome this merry month than with music? Here are six songs to help you say goodbye to April showers and say hello to May flowers.
Mezzo Jamie Barton Receives $50K Richard Tucker Award
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton was just named the recipient of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, a prestigious honor conferred annually and informally dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera."
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