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Ferde Grofe: The King of Jazz Won’t Shoot Your Eye Out! Latest Podcast.

In this month’s podcast, we highlight the life and music of American composer Ferde Grofe. Many aren’t aware of the enormous contributions Grofe made to classical music (and jazz!) in this country, but you’ll learn all about it here! His music was featured in one of the most famous scenes in the beloved film, “A Christmas Story.”

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Also Sprach Zarathustra: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In honor of Richard Strauss‘ 150th birthday, we compiled a selection of tributes to one of his most famous works: Also Sprach Zarathustra! We know Also Sprach Zarathustra best from the opening sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but did you know that Strauss’ music was originally intended to serve solely as placeholder sound until the film score was completed? Alex North, the successful Hollywood composer who was hired to write

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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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Michael Jackson of the 18th Century

You have likely never considered the similarities between Michael Jackson and Mozart. And given that they were born centuries apart and therefore have completely different musical styles, why *would* you have considered these two virtuosi to be similar? Despite the many years between them, the resemblance between Mozart and Michael Jackson is uncanny. Both were incredibly prolific, died far too young, and are discussed worldwide every day.   Why is Mozart the Michael Jackson of

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