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Archive for February 5, 2014

The Birds and the Bees (and other little creatures)

eighth blackbird

Imitating birdsong in music is irresistible to composers, from Vivaldi to Mahler, from Haydn to Dvorak. Perhaps no one took that task as seriously as French composer Olivier Messiaen who began taking side trips when he traveled in order to hear and transcribe the calls of local birds

Black History Month: One Incredible Journey

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

“Things look dark.” Composer William Grant Still, was not just referring to the hardship of the Great Depression, but to an intergenerational struggle, reaching back through a family history of bondage and despair. His story is one of triumph over adversity, and the pursuit of the American dream.