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Remembering Jazz Icon Dave Brubeck

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Dave Brubeck, one of the most influential and popular figures in jazz, died Wednesday of heart failure in Norwalk, Conn., the day before he would have turned 92 years old. 

Best known for his iconic quartet recordings from the late 1950s and '60s -- particularly on his seminal 1959 album Time Out -- Brubeck brought an inventive polyrhythmic approach to composition that changed the shape and sound of jazz.

"He made the name 'Dave' cool," says Gary Giddins, jazz critic and Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY's Graduate Center. "He made horn-rimmed glasses cool. The guy looked in so many ways to be so square -- and yet he really did become a defining figure that people just gravitated to."

Giddins joins us to remember Brubeck's iconic style in a career that spanned almost seven decades and more than 100 albums and to play three of his favorite songs from the pianist and composer.

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Pick the Piano Concerto

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Beethoven Awareness Month's Marathon Sundays closes out this week with a Concerto marathon. To get you warmed up, our Showdown featured all of Beethoven’s piano concertos. We played the winner at noon.

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Exploring Music

Beethoven and the Piano

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two hundred years after the composition of Beethoven's five piano concertos, they're still the giants in the repertoire. Join host Bill McGlaughlin for a concerto a day, plus some of his more intimate works for the instrument.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Dr Kranich, your piano's ready. I'm afraid it's not built by your dad.

Friday, October 19, 2012

WNYC

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.

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Spinning on Air

Chilly Gonzales

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.

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Soundcheck

Ben Folds Five: A Trio Reunited

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The alt-rock piano trio Ben Folds Five broke up in 2000 – but now they’ve returned with a brand new album, called The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. We talk with the band about their latest effort, and why they called it quits in the first place.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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WQXR Features

Debussy and the Piano: Part V

Friday, August 24, 2012

For the final installment of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal takes a deep dive into the personal life of the composer during the period spent composing his greatest works.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Earl "Fatha" Hines

Friday, August 24, 2012

Seth Barkan’s father was a classical cellist who urged his son to follow in his footsteps. Barkan studied classical piano for years, but it never quite suited him. Then one day, accompanying his mother to Costco, he returned with a history of jazz on CD. When he heard the stride pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines ...

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WQXR Features

Debussy and the Piano: Part IV

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In this, the fourth of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal examines the composer’s life through his correspondences with patrons and colleagues.

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WQXR Features

Debussy and the Piano: Part III

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In this, the third of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," host David Dubal presents performances of Debussy’s piano music, and a comparative performance of “The Dance of Puck” with a performance by the composer.

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New Sounds

Ambitious Solo Piano Works

Sunday, July 08, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new music for solo piano, including Michael Byron's monumental work, written for the brave pianist Joseph Kubera - the exotic and long-form "Dreamers Of Pearl."  From it, we’ll hear the second part, "A Bird Revealing the Unknown to the Sky."

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

Friday, July 06, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the recent Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Michael Mizrahi

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NOW Ensemble pianist Michael Mizrahi celebrates the release of his debut solo album, The Bright Motion, at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night. Download "First Ballade" from the new effort. 

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WQXR Features

At Steinway & Sons, Tradition is the Key

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Every day, the piano manufacturers at Steinway & Sons face an essential question: How to balance craftsmanship with making a profitable instrument. See how it happens in this video tour.

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Studio 360

The Many Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

Friday, May 25, 2012

On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall … or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — plus he's just written a 1940s era musical which combines ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio

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New Sounds

Keyboard Works

Friday, March 23, 2012

Music from pianist/composer Neil Cowley, (otherwise known as Adele's pianist on "21") and the post-jazz/post-rock Neil Cowley Trio is front and center on this New Sounds program.  There's a brand-new recording, "The Face Of Mount Molehill," which brings Eno alum guitarist Leo Abrahams, along with string quartet, The Mount Molehill Strings, into the proceedings.  Reflective and stabby, lyrical yet rocking, there'll be generous sampling from it. 

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Carnegie Hall Live

Listen: Leif Ove Andsnes Performs Haydn, Chopin and More

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On Wednesday night, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes brought three centuries of piano music to Carnegie Hall. Listen to that recital here.

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New Sounds

New Music With Piano

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Listen to some new music with piano on this New Sounds, including compositions from the pianist/composer Blue Gene Tyranny, who has worked with John Cage, Iggy Pop, and Carla Bley, among others.  We'll listen to the Digital Music Ensemble of the University of Michigan performing "Intermediary with a Rendition of Stardust." We'll also hear Canadian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk's work, "Song of Galadriel" inspired by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.  Plus, music from the minimalist tradition by both Terry Riley, and Belgian composer Wim Mertens.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The pianist Jeremy Denk on recording an album.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The pianist Jeremy Denk on recording an album.

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