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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Fri August 31, 2012

A 'Numpty' Glance, Minnesotan Muddles And Brass Bullies

Violinist Nicola Benedetti, whose interview with the Scottish Sun this week sparked a furor — including the writer being called a "numpty," or fool.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

  • It's not all that often anymore that sexism and female objectification are so revoltingly obvious, but then someone dreams up something like this: a leering and condescending interview in the Scottish Sun with violinist Nicola Benedetti. (I don't really want to give the Sun any credence with more page views, but this one has to be read to be believed.)
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Deceptive Cadence
7:26 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

President Obama congratulates pianist Van Cliburn after presenting him with the National Medal of Arts in 2011.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:53 pm

Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

"Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer," Falcone said. "He is under excellent care and resting comfortably at home. His spirits are high. We ask that his privacy be respected."

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CD Selection
5:16 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.
Ryan MacDonald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:37 pm

The late Stephane Grappelli is perhaps the best-known jazz violinist in history. His collaborations with guitarist Django Reinhardt have influenced countless musicians. A comparison to Grappelli is one of the highest honors a young, rising violinist can receive.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.
adoc-photos Corbis

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

In the western suburbs of Paris 150 years ago today, a boy was born to an unassuming couple, proprietors of a china shop who had no great taste for music. But that little boy felt otherwise, and grew up to write music of bold color, timbre and harmonic daring.

Claude Debussy ignored the old rules about how to write music and in the process created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

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Music Interviews
6:31 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Marian McPartland's Storied Life, Told 'In Good Time'

Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.
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Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 12:32 pm

More than half a century ago this week, on Aug. 12, 1958, some of the greatest jazz musicians of the day assembled in Harlem at what was, for them, the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Fifty-seven players came to East 126th Street to have their picture taken for Esquire magazine.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:19 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Agitation In Atlanta, Luck In London And John Cage On The A Train

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:27 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
11:46 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Checking Opera's Pulse: A Conversation About The State Of The Art

Can opera survive in an era of shrinking budgets and aging audiences?
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:56 pm

  • Hear The 'Future of Opera' Discussion

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The Record
5:01 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Remembering Award-Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch (left) with Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in 1987.
Time & Life Pictures Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:22 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:44 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Remembering Ruggiero Ricci: A Virtuoso Soloist Spurred By Army Service

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:58 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
12:24 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Olympic Musicians, Abandoned Pianos And Stravinsky's Scotch

Conductor Daniel Barenboim (lower right) was one of eight notables chosen to carry the Olympic flag at the July 27 opening ceremony of the London Games.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 7:23 pm

  • Why yes, that was indeed Daniel Barenboim carrying the Olympic flag at the opening ceremonies.
  • Filmmaker Danny Boyle's sprawling opening ceremonies pageant featured a cameo by the London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle and comedian Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean, in the theme from Chariots of Fire.
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