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Archive for February 17, 2014

Duke Ellington: Great American Composer

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington: bandleader, composer—pioneer—it’s impossible to imagine the big band sound without him. He created; other people worried about what to call it. Though he wrote over three thousand songs, gave thousands of shows, the constant innovation

Edward Elgar, Dogs and Other Creatures

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“Play it like something you hear down by the river.” That’s how Sir Edward Elgar instructed his orchestra to play one of his symphonies. Elgar’s father had been a musician, his mother a farm hand. He and his six brothers and sisters were country people. Though Elgar married beyond his class (an act which his more…