Tag Archives: Classical music

Maria Schneider – Jazz Composer

   Maria Schneider is a jazz composer from Minnesota, whose Grammy-winning compositions for jazz orchestra are beautiful. It’s a rare form. Walking By Flashlight She grew up on a farm. She worked with Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer. She’s collaborated … Continue reading

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Good Music

   There is a radio station in my town called, KGUD. Or, as it is intoned, with dramatic pauses in between, Kay-Good.   Good.   Very good.  I don’t listen to the radio as much as in the past. I can control … Continue reading

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Sitar Manifestations

   Minnesota had never heard such a thing. It came from another world. It expanded your mind in a way the accordion never could. It provided instant hipness. You could almost smell the incense. In fact, upon hearing it, the … Continue reading

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Max Richter — Composed and Recomposed

   Max Richter is described as a post-minimalist. That could mean anything, but what’s true is that he did arrive and begin to create after minimalists like Steve Reich and Terry Riley and Phillip Glass. He is a composer who … Continue reading

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Darius Milhaud – Composer and Teacher

  Darius Milhaud was a composer and teacher who fled the Nazis and came to the United States in 1940. Once here, he taught at Mills College in San Francisco. Among his graduate students were Dave Brubeck and Burt Bacharach. … Continue reading

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John Phillip Sousa – The Mustache King

   No, I meant the March King, but he does have some lively mustaches. On this holiday weekend, I don’t need to make any excuses for playing some Sousa. If I had my way, I would play him a lot … Continue reading

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Oh, Rhapsody! – Marcus Roberts

  Possibly the greatest disservice ever done to American music occurred when United Airlines appropriated Gershwin’s, Rhapsody in Blue, for commercial use. They separated it from the world of occasional hearing, fond memory, and the wonderful experience of its signature … Continue reading

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