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Composer exploration: July birthdays

Composer exploration: July birthdays

There are 365 days in a year, and many, many more composers who've gone before us. That means there's always a composer birthday to celebrate, and there's always interesting music and stories to discover. Here are 3 noteworthy composers with July birthdays whose music...

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Going for Baroque: 307 year-old party music

Going for Baroque: 307 year-old party music

Some people find Baroque music hard to Handel. Bad puns aside, it's amazing to hear music that's over 300 years old in the English language, and why it was written in the first place. In July of 1713, Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate premiered at St. Paul's Cathedral in...

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Subtle genius: Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet

Some would say the musicians launch their shrewdest musical attacks after the work week. Team Percussion comes out swinging this morning. So maybe you grew up rattling pots and pans in the kitchen. You have a thing for rhythm, the hypnotic thrill of a constant beat....

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As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

All too often, the viola gets a bad rap, and for no good reason. In the right hands, it can sing just as beautifully as the other members of the string family. Philipp Triggs reminds us that it can have a powerful role in the orchestra that makes it indispensable.   ...

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The trumpet belongs (almost) anywhere

The trumpet belongs (almost) anywhere

The trumpet has made its way into almost every musical role, genre, and time period. New West Symphony principal trumpet Jim Grinta celebrates that his instrument can shine in the brass section or out on its own. It has a comfortable place in all kinds of music, from...

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