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BBC Prommers: Clapping between movements is 'barbarous'

It was once the scourge of classical music traditionalists, then embraced by the powers-that-be in attempts to make concerts less intimidating to excited new audiences.<p>But it appears Proms modernisers could be losing their battle to insist clapping in between movements is perfectly welcome.<p>While …

Beethoven: 'Even among his oldest friends, he must be humoured like a wayward child'

<b>5 February 1827</b><br>BEETHOVEN: We regret to learn, that the greatest musical genius of the present age, Ludowig Von Beethoven [sic], is, by this time, probably no more. He has just completed his 56th year. It appears that a Mr. Stumpff, of Vienna, from a noble desire to testify the high esteem he …

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Herbie Hancock to Play Brooklyn With New Band

0<p>1<p>1 of 2 Next<p>On Aug. 11, Herbie Hancock will headline BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell with a new band featuring keyboardist …

Robert Glasper's Jazz Heresy

Robert Glasper, a Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, has a problem with jazz. He says the genre's become a museum to itself, obsessed with the great players of the past at the expense of contemporary talent. He's done his part to bring jazz into this century by collaborating with top artists in …

I found a strange connection to Albert Einstein in a professor’s 1967 birthday gift from John Coltrane

I found a pay phone with a local phone book and mustered up the courage to call Yusef Lateef, a legendary jazz musician, who had recently retired from the music department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.<p>I had something I had to tell him.<p>Like an addict after a fix, my fingers raced …

Who Made Beethoven Mad Enough to Un-Dedicate a Symphony?

When Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony premiered in Vienna on April 7, 1805, the enthralled audience was oblivious to the tortured history behind …

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There Is No Way a Chet Baker Film Can End Happily

The first shot of <i>Born to Be Blue</i> is a close-up of a trumpet, laid on the dirty floor of what turns out to be a ratty jail cell. The notorious jazz …

Bridging the Inexpressible: On Music Writing

Joe Bonomo interviews Aaron Gilbreath:For a long time I’ve admired Aaron Gilbreath’s essays and journalism, and his generosity and commitment to …

They’re just a typical Michael Jackson-, Hendrix-, AC/DC-covering cello duo

By Roger Catlin<p>Like such groups as the Three Tenors and the Three Graces, the 2Cellos mix classical crossover with good looks and prime numbers in their name to create an excitement for music that fills halls with young fans.<p>But in addition to playing Vivaldi and Bach, the two Croatians — Luka …

Music Theory : 5 Ways to Use Theory to Enhance Your Electronic Tracks

1—Melodic Ornaments<p>An appoggiatura can add a little dissonance to an otherwise bland melodic note.<p>I decided to put the most important aspect right up …

Classical music must connect with the head-fi generation

In the editorial for the February 2016 edition of <i>Stereophile</i> John Darko describes how headphone listening has taken the audio market by storm. In the …

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We binge-watched Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music and counted the sex, drugs and classical music

It's won two Golden Globes and a third series has been commissioned. So why hasn't anybody watched it?<p>What is this 'Mozart in the Jungle'?<p><i>Mozart in</i> …

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You Have To Hear Freddie Mercury’s Isolated Vocal Track On ‘We Are The Champions’

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this Freddie Mercury guy, but he was pretty, pretty good. His work in Queen is easily one of the most common to get the “isolated vocal track” treatment, because of his aforementioned unreal pipes (outside of the other head of the coin, the oft-faked isolated …

100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song

In 1964, near the end of his career, Billy Strayhorn accompanied himself on a live recording of one of his best-known songs. It starts:<p><i>I used to visit all the very gay places</i><i>Those come-what-may places</i><i>Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life</i><i>To get the feel of life</i><i>From jazz and cocktails ...</i><p>…

An App That Helps You Scat Sing A La Ella Fitzgerald

Wanna be the next Ella Fitzgerald or Cab Calloway? As they say, there's an app for that. NPR's Rachel Martin tries out "ScatAbility" with vocal improv educator Michele Weir.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>When it comes to that special brand of vocal improv called scat singing, Ella Fitzgerald was the …

Making A Double Bass by Martyn J Bailey Luthier

<i>Luthier Martyn J Bailey playing one of his own double basses.</i><p>My double basses are handmade by me using figured English sycamore or Bosnian maple for …

Experience Thelonious Monk Jamming Out At 'The Jazz Loft'

Ever wished you could travel back in time to be a fly on the wall at a loft party where <b>Thelonious Monk</b> noodled on the piano to provide the …

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A

Beethoven composed his Symphony No. 7 in 1811, while staying in the Bohemian spa town of Teplice in the hope of improving his poor health.<p><b>Download</b> …

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Fascinating video: Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein on the jazz/classical divide

Two titans of American music discuss the changing audiences for classical music and jazz in 1966<p>In 1966, two of the greatest composers of the 20th …

Review: Touching bass

‘The Double Bass’ is about much more than one man’s quest to find the perfect voice with his instrument. It could be the story of any person, weighed …

Sue Rynhart: Crossings (Songs For Voice And Double Bass)

Support All About Jazz and Jazz Near You!<p>If you shop at any of the stores below, please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz. When you do, All …

Learning Double Bass Excerpts – online videos that can help

The amount of helpful online content for bassists today is truly staggering. As an “old” guy, it’s hard to conceive of how many more resources young …

Double Bass Technique: My Favorite Methods

I’ve used pretty much every bass method as a performer and teacher. Simandl, Rabbath, Billé, Petracchi, Sevcik, Flesch, Levinson, and Vance (to name …

Top Ten U.S. Double Bass Music Schools 2015

Though it’s always interesting to get feedback from readers and conduct surveys like this, I feel obligated to point out that studying music is not a …

How You Record Ideas May Impact Creativity

Software for creatives must cultivate space for musing, writes Morpholio co-creator Anna Kenoff.<p>A tech VC recently asked me, “Do you even use your iPad anymore? I think they are over.” To which, I replied–perhaps a bit too loudly–“Yes!” There is nothing over when it comes to the potential of touch. …

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Nicola Benedetti 'can't play' new concerto

<b>Violinist Nicola Benedetti says she feared she wouldn't be able to play a new concerto, set to premiere in London this Friday, during early rehearsals.</b><p>She said Wynton Marsalis' Violin Concerto in D presented multiple challenges in the final movement, which was inspired by a Scottish reel.<p>"I can't …

Who Really Builds Character in Teens? Would You Believe Mahler, Stravinsky, and Ravel?

Conductor Benjamin Zander's father served in the German army on the Russian front in World War I. For spiritual sustenance, in the trenches, he would read scores of symphonies that he could hear in his head, even if he had never heard the piece before.<p>Maestro Zander is in the trenches with music in …

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