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Symphony guide: Webern's op 21

The symphonic principle, as we've been discovering, can take in a gigantic range of interpretations; from Berio's centrigufal sounding together of a world of reference, history and allusion, to the rigorous focus of a Haydn symphony or Beethovenian exposition. But no symphony is quite like the one …

Herbie Hancock On Piano Jazz

On this episode of <i>Piano Jazz</i>, composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock stops by in a program recorded in 1987. The ever-inventive Hancock sticks with the acoustic piano for this set of solos and duets with host Marian McPartland. Hancock performs a mix of his originals — "Dolphin Dance" and "Still …

Nine Months In Nigeria, One Brilliant, Difficult Funk Musician

Yale Evelev, head of world music label Luaka Bop, digs up information about great-but-forgotten musicians for a living. His quest to compile and release the work of Nigerian funk legend William Onyeabor, though, was a unique challenge.<p>"I was going to call the record <i>This Is William Onyeabor</i>, up …

Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants

A former president, a media mogul and a Cuban jazz trumpeter are among the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday. That Cuban jazz trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, happened to be performing not too far away from NPR West, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, last Friday. So I …

Kronos Quartet

Sunny Yang joined Kronos Quartet in June 2013. Now, just five months later, the cellist she says she's learned quite a few new works — not just a handful, but about 70 pieces.<p>That degree of dedication to contemporary composers, coupled with an insane concert schedule, has propelled Kronos Quartet …

How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star

Illustration of Franz Liszt. The Hungarian composer and pianist revolutionized the art of performance.<p>When you think of rock n' roll, Franz Liszt might not be the first name that comes to mind. But the classical pianist, born 200 years ago today, was in many ways the first rock star of all time.<p>In …

'12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music

<i>12 Years a Slave</i> is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and …

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Perform With a Choir on Letterman

What better way to kick up a performance of a song called “Sacrilege” than by bringing a gospel choir on board? Yeah Yeah Yeahs did just that when …