In honor of Salon97’s American Composers Month, this month’s podcast is all about John Cage. He was a truly fascinating person. Did you know he was super into mushroom hunting? Dig on in!
Every year at Salon97 we celebrate American composers in the month of July. The whole month! We kicked things off today with a post of all things Aaron Copland. Stop by to listen to a few tunes and grab some trivia! And keep your eye on this space for more great American composers stuff throughout… Continue reading A month-long salute to American Composers begins today!
We hope you enjoyed Kevin’s post chronicling the crazy that is the story behind the score of 2001 Space Odyssey. As an addendum to our last post, we present to you, possibly the worst (and funniest!) rendition EVER of “Sunrise” from Also Sprach Zarathustra:
Imagine for a moment you’re Alex North. It’s summer 1968 and you’re an acclaimed composer for the movies. You’ve scored great films like A Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Dr. Strangelove. Your collaborator and friend Stanley Kubrick asked you a few years ago to create a score for his new film 2001:… Continue reading Classical Music & Cinema: The “2001” Music
The beloved Nutcracker Ballet turned 120 today. Though every town in the U.S. has fairly easy access to at least one live rendition of the seasonal ballet each year, that wasn’t always the case. The Nutcracker was a complete flop when it debuted in 1892 and did not gain its current popularity until the mid… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Nutcracker Ballet!
Happy birthday to you, John Cage. And now for a moment to hear the silence.
Today marks Debussy’s 150th birthday. Needless to say, I’m quite excited. Most of the internet doesn’t seem to be making such a huge deal about it though; there isn’t even a Google Doodle to celebrate! Despite what everyone else is (or isn’t!) doing, I feel as though I could shout about this birthday all week… Continue reading Happy 150th, Claude Debussy!
Yay, Part 2 is here! Get ready for a sample of tunes from Copland, Zaimont, Ravel, Delius, and Mendelssohn. And yes, we’re *still* making the livin’ easy. Enjoy!
Igor Stravinsky was quite the character. Perfecting armpit farts as a child, sea drunk as an adult. Oh, how wonderful it would have been to know him! We featured him in our weekly Classical Trivia Text Message this week because HE RULES. So did his music. His Firebird Suite premiered 102 years ago this week!… Continue reading Stravinsky! What up?!