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12:10 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Bill Fay's 'Be Not So Fearful'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 9:41 pm

The story of English folk singer Bill Fay is both heartbreaking and inspiring. A gifted songwriter with a profoundly affecting voice, Fay released a couple of albums in the early '70s. But they didn't sell very well, he was dropped by his label and largely disappeared.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Classical Lost and Found: The 'Hindustani' Piano Concerto

The "Scottish Lochs," an impression of composer Erik Chisholm's homeland.
Moya Hogarth Hyperion Records

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 9:38 pm

Like the music of his good friend Béla Bartók, Scottish composer Erik Chisholm's two piano concertos rely heavily on folk sources. But in Chisholm's case, the influences come from Scotland and India rather than Bartók's beloved Eastern Europe.

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Next: Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly.
Jason Creps

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:52 am

  • Hear two new tracks by Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly strips away the gloss of modern country music to find an emotional sound rooted in folk and classic pop. Her latest album, The Well, departs significantly from its six-year-old predecessor; supported by an acoustic backbone, her new songs drift into retro territory, with occasional psychedelic guitar riffs and pop melodies that recall love ballads from the '60s.

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Music Reviews
3:10 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

A Posthumous Masterpiece Adds To E.S.T.'s Legacy

E.S.T. was Esbjorn Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom.
Jim Rakete

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:51 am

When the pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in a scuba accident in 2008, many fans of his group, the Swedish trio known as E.S.T., wondered if there might be some unreleased experiments lurking in a studio vault. There were. Just out is a disc called 301, which was recorded in 2008 during sessions for the group's final album.

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A Blog Supreme
9:40 am
Mon June 25, 2012

5 Great Works Of Modern Chamber Jazz

Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.
Thomas Dorn Verve Records

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:01 am

Musical genres always evolve in parallel worlds.

In the 1920s, composers of classical music such as Stravinsky and Copland began incorporating sensibilities of American jazz into their otherwise European musical culture. Various styles of folk music have always been fountainheads of inspiration for "classical" composers, so it was almost inevitable that blues-based music would make its way into the Western concert-music tradition.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:05 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Jeremy Denk's Joyfully Mad Ligeti

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:41 pm

Armed with cameras and microphones, we recently invaded the rehearsal spaces of prominent musicians. The result is "In Practice," a new series of videos you can watch here.

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Music
2:43 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'

A Civil War cannon with American flags in Kennesaw, Ga.
iStock

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:08 pm

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his piece The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major in commemoration of the Russian Army's successful defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing troops at the Battle of Borodino. Most Americans, however, know the piece as the bombastic tune that accompanies Fourth of July fireworks shows all over the country.

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Music Interviews
3:56 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts.
Jimmy Katz

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 4:42 pm

By day, jazz drummer Matt Wilson teaches his craft at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. By night, he practices it with legends like Lee Konitz at storied venues like the Village Vanguard.

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Music
3:03 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Fresh Bluegrass For A Sultry Summer

CABOMA members play guitar and mandolin on a summer afternoon.
Devon Kodzis NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 4:20 pm

In many places across the country, summer officially blasted in this week, which means that musicians who've wintered in dark rehearsal studios — and the street players who've been toiling away in cold and damp subway corridors — can now enjoy playing alfresco.

This summer, Weekend Edition is presenting audio postcards from musicians out-of-doors.

This installment comes from a group of bluegrass players who gather every couple of weeks at Lyon Park in Arlington, Va. They're members of the Capitol Area Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association, or CABOMA.

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Music Interviews
3:03 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

Cassandra Wilson explores geography, as well as a lifelong relationship with the guitar, on Another Country.
Marco Glaviano

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 6:31 am

Cassandra Wilson was once described by Time magazine as "America's best singer." Wilson was born in segregated Mississippi — also the birthplace of the blues — but she's always been on a journey to explore other sounds and influences.

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