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Why Jazz Musicians Love 'The Rite Of Spring'

A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a jazz standard.<p>Igor Stravinsky's orchestral score for <i>The Rite of Spring</i> has been interpolated on record by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane and Hubert Laws. Many, many more knew <i>The</i> <i>Rite</i>, and …

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We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

Credit: Montage by Denise DeBelius/NPR; excerpted videos listed below<p>A few weeks ago, we asked you to take the last minute of Stravinsky's famous music for <i>The Rite of Spring</i>, transform it into something new and post your creations to YouTube. And boy, did you guys deliver, just in time to mark the …

100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

Watch An Excerpt From 'Keeping Score: The Rite Of Spring'<p>Credit: San Francisco Symphony<p>One hundred years ago, a landmark of modern music was unveiled before a Paris audience. And that audience famously and mercilessly greeted it with boos, jeers and hisses. It was the premiere of the Ballets …

Matching Music To Color: UC Berkeley Researchers Explain How Humans Associate Shades With Songs (VIDEO)

New research out of UC Berkeley reveals some interesting tidbits about how the human brain reacts to music.<p>According to a study headed by scientist Stephen Palmer, we are hardwired to associate anything from Mozart to Mumford & Sons with a particular hue from the color spectrum. Whether it's a …

A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation declaring Friday "Women in Jazz Day" — an attempt at cultural reform that's bound to enjoy the same resounding success as banning oversized sodas. Which is to say: Nice try, Mr. Mayor.<p>Women in jazz certainly deserve to be celebrated. …

Come Dance The 'Rite Of Spring' With Us!

Igor Stravinsky's ballet <i>The Rite of Spring</i> turned Paris upside down upon its world premiere in Paris May 29, 1913 — and we're asking you to help us celebrate this groundbreaking work's centennial.<p>This one piece paved a new artistic path not just for musicians but for all kinds of other artists as …

The MIDI Revolution: Synthesizing Music For The Masses

You can't hear it, not exactly, but it's in almost every song on the radio. It's a 30-year-old technology that hasn't changed much over the years but is now used in ways that its creators likely never imagined. In contemporary music, there's nothing closer to a universal translator than MIDI.<p>Simply …

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Black Classical Musicians: A Case Study In Beating The Odds

Black men and women have built practically every musical tradition in the West: jazz, blues, rock and roll, funk. But when it comes to classical music, both onstage and in the crowd, they're few and far between.<p>Probing the question of why this is inevitably leads to the odds-defying stories of …

Choir Singing Could Help Reduce Anxiety, Study Finds

Whether it's an a cappella group or the church chorale, a small new study shows that singing in a choir could do a lot for your state of mind.<p>The findings, published in the journal Psychology of Music and conducted by researchers at Abant Izzet Baysal University in Turkey, show that singing in a …

Cover Songs More Famous Than Originals: 20 Tunes That Fit The Bill (VIDEOS)

History has shown us that not every musical hit is unique to the artist. Take Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You." When that catchy tune fell into the hands of the late Whitney Houston, the powerful ballad became an instant success, but many of the people caught humming the melody had no idea a …