It’s that time of year again,’tis the spooky-music-for-Halloween season! Here are three classical Halloween hits, complete with fun facts and cocktail party-worthy trivia. Which is your favorite?
Classical Music at the Movies: Aaron Copland, Spike Lee and “He Got Game”
The year is 1998. Filmmaker Spike Lee is ten movies into his career but things have hit a snag. The writer/director’s last three movies have all been adapted from other people’s material and have done so-so with both audiences and critics. The harsher among them say that Lee–successful, admired, and a long way from earlier… Continue reading Classical Music at the Movies: Aaron Copland, Spike Lee and “He Got Game”
Gong Hey Fat Choy! Celebrating the Year of the Rooster.
Happy Year of the Rooster! The most important holiday of the year in China, Lunar New Year is also celebrated all over the world with parades, parties, lion dances, and more. A little trivia before we get started! If you were born in the year of the rooster, here are some things that will bring… Continue reading Gong Hey Fat Choy! Celebrating the Year of the Rooster.
Summertime Listening: Summer Classical Music
Summer classical music! From the glistening piano music of Ravel; to summery songs by Berlioz, Barber, and Gershwin; to Mahler and beyond.
Happy birthday, Stravinsky!
Once again the world is aflutter with all things Stravinsky. This time we celebrate his birthday!
Classical Music for Black History Month
Here at Salon97, we love to see classical music as bigger and grander than it tends to present itself. And, quite frankly, classical music does a lousy job talking about talented composers and musicians who aren’t dead, white, and male. The African American contribution to classical music is substantial and real. In honor of Black History Month, we put together this short guide of resources on great African American classical composers and music.
The Star Wars Music, or, The Best Film Score Ever
It happens to be Oscar season, but we love film scores anytime of year! In this month’s podcast, we discuss a soundtrack designated “the best film score ever” along with its influences.
The Best of Classical Music in 2014
We’re a whole week into January now, but really, do those best-of lists from the end of the year ever get old? No, not really. And with the various music lists floating about, one could fuel months of listening from a comprehensive selection of genres! All thanks to the glorious best-of list.
Did you know? The band Phoenix wrote Lisztomania in honor of composer Franz Liszt’s stud factor. As for the term itself, “Lisztomania” was first coined by German critic/poet/journalist Heinrich Heine as he discussed the fanaticism and fandom surrounding virtuosic pianist and composer Franz Liszt.
Salon97 Podcast: Autumn Classical Music from Toru Takemitsu
Autumn fever came early this year with Starbucks’ early release of the PSL. While this podcast is not laden with pumpkin spice, it does offer some autumn classical music!