Deceptive Cadence
11:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

Each of Domenico Scarlatti's 555 keyboard sonatas has its own personality.

Three centuries ago a man named Domenico Scarlatti churned out an enormous number of keyboard sonatas — more than 550. Pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough these inventive, bite-sized pieces.

A clutch of Scarlatti albums have appeared this year and more are on the way. Albums from pianists Orion Weiss and Igor Kamez are due in the coming weeks. Here we offer a sampling of five recent releases.

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Code Switch
7:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

Carl Douglas strikes a pose as he promotes his 1974 song, "Kung Fu Fighting."
Michael Putland Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 2:50 pm

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12:16 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In August

Mauritanian singer and instrumentalist Noura Mint Seymali.
Ebru Yidiz for NPR

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All Songs Considered
11:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Viking's Choice: Nathan Bowles, 'Chuckatuck'

Nathan Bowles.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Music is about connection. Sometimes that connection is a feeling, a theory or a technique, but mostly music connects time and provides a record of how we choose to interact with it.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:49 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nickel Creek: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Nickel Creek on August 13, 2014.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

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10:31 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The 2014 OK Mozart Festival on Performance Oklahoma

Bartlesville Community Center

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June.  Enjoy a promo for the series here!

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Deceptive Cadence
7:37 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

Music can be like a fleeting summer. You get to the end wondering, "How did we get here already?"

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:40 pm

Well, it's happened again. Vacations are over. Kids are returning to school. "And where," you're wondering, "did my summer go?"

You can get the same feeling in music sometimes. No matter how long a piece is, its end might sneak up on you. Try this mysterious little quiz filled with fantastical finales and enigmatic endings. Score high and take an extra week off from work. Score low and get back to the grind.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Shovels & Rope: In Marriage And Music, A 'Psychic' Bond

Shovels & Rope.
Molly Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:47 am

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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Music Interviews
6:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

Actor Craig Stevens as TV detective Peter Gunn in 1959.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 9:28 pm

In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.

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4:27 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Ole' Blue Eyes on Big Band Saturday Night


The Voice to chairman of the board to Ole' Blue Eyes. This weekend we give you the final part of our three part series on the life and music of Frank Sinatra. Music from his Reprise Record years and his return to Capitol studios where most of his success began... 

Big Band Saturday Night, 8 o'clock on 89.5. 

Memories will surround you.