Deceptive Cadence un-stuffs the world of classical music, which is both fusty and ferociously alive.
Clarinetist Anthony McGill Kneels, Pleads And Plays For Justice
by Tom Huizenga on June 4, 2020 at 10:00 am
With the help of a few "wrong" notes, the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic turned "America the Beautiful" into a solemn protest of police violence.
Our Daily Breather: Steve Reich Composes During The Coronavirus Crisis
by Tom Huizenga on May 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm
In Our Daily Breather, we ask writers and artists to recommend ways to find calm in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Steve Reich tells NPR Music about his new composition.
C.P.E. Bach: Mercurial Diversions For Uncertain Times
by Tom Huizenga on May 11, 2020 at 7:54 pm
In a new album of keyboard concertos, hear how J.S. Bach's son charted his own startling and original path in music that sparkles with unpredictability
When Pandemics Arise, Composers Carry On
by Tom Huizenga on April 13, 2020 at 9:01 am
Plagues and epidemics are ages-old phenomena. They've triggered both fear and inspiration. NPR's Tom Huizenga surveys musical responses from composers over the centuries.
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