Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento died Wednesday at 91 in Minneapolis. Classical MPR director Brian Newhouse looks back fondly on a special moment with Argento and the composer's legacy.
America's relationships with slavery, the civil rights movement and modern race-based challenges aren't the only things to think about for Black History Month. Members of the African diaspora have contributed to classical music since there was a "classical music." Here are nine notable performances of black pieces of music to explore.
Sociologists speak of class envy, students of grade envy and Freudians of penis envy. But in the choral world (and what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the very world itself?), it's tenor envy that seethes just beneath the surface.
We all have our favorite pieces of classical music, favorite composers, and musical moments we'll never forget. Have you ever wanted to share those moments with other classical music lovers? Well, here's your chance!
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There are three pianists involved in making the music of the Oscar-nominated film 'Green Book.' The first is Don Shirley, who was popular in the 1950s and '60s. The second is actor Mahershala Ali, who portrays Shirley in the film but does not play piano. And the third is virtuoso pianist Kris Bowers, who does all the playing for Ali in the film.
On today’s date in 1929, the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi completed his trilogy of symphonic tone poems based on Roman scenery and history with the premiere performance of his “Roman Festivals.”
Unlike the first two installments in this series, “The Fountains of Rome” from 1917 and “The...Episode details...