I got a huge kick out of reading this article about Sir Edward Elgar, a fantastic composer whom I greatly admire. Turns out his facility for trombone playing wasn’t such a strength. As stated in a letter written by his pal Dora Penny: “On one occasion, he [Elgar] got up and fetched a trombone that was standing in a corner and began trying to play passages in the score. He didn’t do very well and
A charity is being established in honor of William Grant Still–a composer from Mississippi who always wanted to help children from his home state. Finally, his dream comes true.
I guess it’s never too late. Brian Wilson is completing a number of George Gershwin’s unfinished songs and planning to release them on an upcoming album.
At Salon97, we sure do like El Sistema. And kudos to the New England Conservatory for considering a plan to make this an educational standard in the U.S.!
So check out this dude rocking the cellphones. Whoa!