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Arnold Schoenberg

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The composer Arnold Schoenberg, father of the twelve tone system, scandalized the music world in 1913 Vienna -- and became the go-to music teacher for innumerable American composers after he moved to the US in 1934.  How can we understand his music?  WNYC’s Sara Fishko gives it a try in this Fishko Files.  

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Angela Hewitt

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Angela Hewitt will be in New York next week to give a master class in the performance of music by Bach.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Bach’s keyboard music has been especially appealing to pianists with a strong point of view.  Here is this Fishko Files…

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Wyler's Dodsworth

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Film director William Wyler had a soft spot for a good story.  The result, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko in this edition of Fishko Files, was a catalogue of films –many of them great-- that didn’t necessarily look like the work of a single “auteur.” 

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Cinerama

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fishko Files on the rise and fall of the innovative wide-screen film format Cinerama, which, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, delighted viewers and gave the post-WWII film business a much-needed jolt.

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Sid Caesar

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sid Caesar, the comic genius behind some of the most memorable sketches ever created for TV, died Wednesday in Beverly Hills at age 91. WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to Caesar for this episode of Fishko Files in 2000.

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Chaplin's The Tramp

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It’s just a hundred years since Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp first appeared on the silver screen and created a sensation.  As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, it all started almost by accident -- with a magical costume…

 

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The Melodic Mouth Organ Sounds of Larry Adler

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The musician Larry Adler, born in February 1914, rose to considerable twentieth century stature playing and composing for the mouth organ –otherwise known as: the harmonica. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, he was a unique American character. Here is the next Fishko Files…

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Revueltas

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One of Mexico's esteemed composers has never lost favor in his own country, but for generations he was unknown everywhere else. Even now, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, he's not exactly a household name. (Produced in 2002)

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William Bolcom

Thursday, January 16, 2014

For this Fishko Files episode, WNYC’s Sara Fishko interviewed William Bolcom, the genre-mixing, music-loving, composer-quoting writer of all kinds of musical works.

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Whistling

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This month, Ennio Morricone will receive The Recording Academy's Trustees Award. In his honor, this Fishko Files episode inspired by his iconic film scores.

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Henry Butler

Thursday, January 02, 2014

WNYC's Sara Fishko traveled to New Orleans to interview pianist Henry Butler in 2005.  Since then Butler has moved to Brooklyn, and his spectacular piano-playing will be featured this week at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan.   Here's a taste of Butler for this Fishko Files podcast.

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The Enduring Power of the Letter

Thursday, December 26, 2013

As the year comes to a close, WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the letter –in this edition of Fishko Files…

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Toscanini

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WNYC's Sara Fishko considers the long career of iconic conductor Arturo Toscanini in this Fishko Files (from 2007).

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The Critic

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Critic Harris Goldsmith has known classical music from both sides –as gifted performer and insightful listener. His unusual musical life is the subject of this Fishko Files.

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Stanwyck & Co.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

It's a Barbara Stanwyck moment, with a new book just out and a retrospective of her films beginning tomorrow. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Stanwyck was part of a generation of women who really knew how to deliver a line.

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The Mystique of the Horn Player

Thursday, November 28, 2013

This fall photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber has been celebrating 25 years since the original release of his popular film “Let’s Get Lost.”  That film, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, is one of many efforts to capture the “mystique” of horn players –both real and imagined (first aired in 2007).

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JFK and TV's Trial by Fire

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy played out over 4 days, 50 years ago, on television.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the national tragedy was a trial by fire for a young medium.  Here is this Fishko Files…

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Bernstein's Debut

Thursday, November 14, 2013

On this very day in November of 1943, Leonard Bernstein made a historic debut that played out like a hokey melodrama. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more in this edition of Fishko Files…

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Remembering World War II

Thursday, November 07, 2013

World War II is still alive in popular culture. Its stories are told in each generation in films, documentaries, and books. In this archival episode, Sara Fishko considers our endless fascination with the most documented event in history.

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Lenny's Letters

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Earlier this week, selections from the letters of Leonard Bernstein were released in book form for the first time. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko files, the letters are pure Lenny.

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