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Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is here and it’s time to party! Get out the King Cake! Get out the streamers! Get out the colorful wigs! Grab your Mardi Gras classical playlist! Wait, what?? Classical likely isn’t the first genre to come to mind when you think of celebrating Mardi Gras. However, many composers have written mardi gras- and carnival-inspired works. So fire up this playlist and get your party started! Ferde Grofe: Mardi Gras from Mississippi Suite

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Happy 100th, Rite of Spring!

May 29, 2013 marks the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Whether you love it or hate it, Rite of Spring paved the path of classical music in the 21st century. It’s a roller coaster ride of a piece, so if you are unfamiliar with it, today is a great day to give it a try!  (That image above is a hat tip to Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, by the way. Another must!) People the

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Stravinsky! What up?!

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! Here is a video of Stravinsky conducting the suite years later at age 82: To sign up for our weekly

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This Week’s Trivia: Igor Stravinsky

Do you get seasick? Igor Stravinsky didn’t. He got sea drunk. A big difference, he said! If you’re subscribed to our weekly trivia SMS, you saw his direct quote–“I never am seasick. Never. I am sea drunk.” We know and love Stravinsky for his ground-breaking and riot-inducing Rite of Spring. Another bit of trivia — though Russian-born, Stravinsky was a naturalized citizen of the United States *and* France! Are you itching to learn more? The

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Composer of the Week: Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky wrote a ton of super awesome music — and he is considered by many to be the most influential composer of the 20th century! He is our Composer of the Week. b. June 17, 1882 d. April 6, 1971 “Consonance, says the dictionary, is the combination of several tones into a harmonic unit. Dissonance results from the deranging of this harmony by the addition of tones foreign to it. One must admit that

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