Blog Posts on Music

Books and Music: American Music Month

November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.

In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!

Thanksgiving

"In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?"  - Igor Stravinsky

 

Transitions

The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones.  The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.

Masks of the Rochester Early Music Fest

 

The 11th annual Rochester Early Music Festival offered Music for All Hallows: Spirits, Saints, and Sinners.

A few audience members and musicians wore masks from Venice, China, and Japan.

Happy Halloween!



Singing Mahler with people I love

In the first book of a two-volume autobiography, Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty (University of Rochester Press, 2011) Gunther Schuller reflects on his early influences.

Minor key

"Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day."  - Franz Liszt

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Bill Frisell, a guitarist who for many years has been a favorite at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, has a new album out.  It's a tribute to the music of John Lennon. He talks about it in this video.There are song samples here.

How hot is your Bartok?

I’m constantly inspired by WXXI listeners!   Your comments, memories, and observations about music are like signposts, pointing me in new directions.  Your creativity is infectious, and your support kindles the best ideas. 

September Songs

Here's a typically lovely and slightly inscrutable ode from our friend e. e. cummings, to mark the equinox...

A season of change

"Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love."