Music the artform and artists

Violon, la transversalité fertile

Moins connu que le saxophone, le piano ou la batterie, le violon semble évoluer dans les marges de l’histoire du jazz.

Citizen Jazz

Namibia: Putting the Country on the World Music Map

Hands up anyone who has ever heard music from Namibia! This large corner of Southern Africa seems to have dropped off the world music map, but that may be changing.

All Africa

How a Mariachi Band Gave Life to These Leonard Cohen Deep Cuts

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this year, many applauded the fact that the committee decided to recognize a songwriter as part of the art form.

Red Bull Music Academy

Film-score master Ennio Morricone reflects on the good, better, and best-yet of a 60-year career

It is happily surprising to find that a man who has penned 600 compositions in a professional career of 60 years - hence the Morricone 60 title for the album out Friday - can still take delight in rehearing or reconfiguring his classics.

Philly

How Newark became one of the greatest jazz cities in the world

History has defined the New Jersey city as a hub for a host of jazz musicians from Sarah Vaughan to Christian McBride, and it remains a vibrant destination for fans of the genre.

The Guardian

Ces compositeurs qui n’ont écrit qu’un opéra

Du XVIIIe au XXe siècle, les compositeurs se divisent entre ceux qui composent des opéras, souvent en grande quantité, et les plus frileux qui ne se prêtent au jeu qu’une seule fois.

France Musique

The Man Who Invented Modern Music

Of all the architects of our modern music industry, few are more forgotten or more important than Emile Berliner.

Red Bull Music Academy

At 92, Charles Aznavour Is Still With His First Love — His Audience

While Charles Aznavour became one of the most famous French performers of his day, he is also very proud of his Armenian heritage. His grandparents had fled the genocide in Turkey, and Aznavour now serves as Armenia's ambassador in Geneva to both the Swiss and the U.N. institutions there.

NPR

Before Verdi There Was Rossini

The two men met in Bologna in June 1842, and Verdi quickly admired his older colleague. Verdi was able to discuss with Rossini his many operas and it seems that he particularly came to learn a lot about L’Italiana in Algeri, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and what was known in Italian as Guglielmo Tell.

WQXR


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