Friday, October 10, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
In the April, 1942 WQXR Program Guide, distinguished American pianist and composer Abram Chasins wrote about the obligations of performers, composers and listeners to the art of music. In July, 1943 he was appointed WQXR's Music Consultant, and in 1946, its Music Director, a post he held for nineteen years.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
By Brian Wise
The longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history witnessed a new salvo on Thursday as 91 composers sent an open letter to the Minnesota Orchestra’s musicians, administrators and board.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
By Brian Wise
NASA’s Messenger probe recently became the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury, having completed an extended two-year mission in March.
Award-winning composer Howard Shore tells WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon how he approaches the writing of a new film score
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A special guest turned out for Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti's recent concert in The Greene Space, a celebration of great film music from the 1930s to today.
"My understanding is that instrumentation is incredibly important when scoring for film," Benedetti told WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon, explaining her own process of recording her new album, "The Silver Violin."
"We have somebody here we can ask," Spurgeon said.
"I'm very aware," Benedetti answered.
It was, of course, the award-winning composer Howard Shore, who has written the scores for over 80 films, perhaps most notably for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He took the stage for a few moments to speak with Spurgeon about his writing process and how he approaches the composition of a new film score. Hear what he had to say below.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In this 2013 Leonard Lopate Show interview, soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Maria Schneider talk about their Grammy-winning recording, “Winter Morning Walks.”
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Scott Joplin was a famous African-American composer. Learn about other black composers from America and abroad this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Georg Philipp Telemann didn’t take many music lessons, instead, he taught himself how to compose. Learn about other self-taught composers this week on Classics for Kids.
Friday, October 19, 2012
On March 5, 1853 a German piano maker named Henry Steinway (né Steinweg) founded Steinway & Sons at 85 Varick Street in New York City, barely five blocks from the present-day WNYC studios. Less than three months later another, much younger German piano maker named Helmuth Kranich would also arrive at these shores. Little did he suspect that one of his children would someday work at a competing form of entertainment: radio, specifically WNYC.
Monday, August 13, 2012
There is something slightly different about London's Olympic medal ceremonies: the music. This year, the London Philharmonic recorded all 205 of the world's national anthems. Composer Philip Sheppard and sound engineer Jake Jackson were in charge of the effort.