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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Using ancient and modern texts, excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and other sources, Lang retells a universal love story, both found and unfulfilled.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 419: I Shall Be Released

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rick Abath tells his wife, Diana, about being the night security guard at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the biggest art heist in U.S. history.

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On Being

Richard Rodriguez — The Fabric of Our Identity

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Richard Rodriguez with Krista Tippett

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nathan Heller and Richard Brody on the films of Richard Linklater.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nathan Heller and Richard Brody on the films of Richard Linklater.

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Exploring Music

Proud Tower, Part II

Monday, May 12, 2014

The second part of host Bill McGlaughlin look at the music during the 25 years leading up to World War I.

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On Being

Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Top 5 @ 105

The 5 Most Incredibly Dramatic Final Works By Composers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

These five works all show their composers at the height of their powers, even though they all would pass on shortly thereafter.

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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang had just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Music in a Democracy

Monday, January 06, 2014

From the August, 1942 WQXR Program Guide:

Editorial Note: Occasionally we receive letters from listeners who protest angrily against our broadcasting German music either orchestral or vocal. Because of the democratic implications of the problem, we have asked Ernest Angell, President of the Council for Democracy, to present his views, which he does in the following article. The Council for Democracy is dedicated to a fighting faith in democracy, and hence Mr. Angell's comments represent the considered opinion of real fighters for our present way of life.

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Conducting Business

Symphonies for Snoozing? When it's OK to Be Bored in Concerts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We've all had moments when our mind has wandered during a Wagner opera, a Bruckner symphony or perhaps a long Mozart recitative.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Richard Brody and Emily Nussbaum on depicting sex onscreen.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Richard Brody and Emily Nussbaum on depicting sex onscreen.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

How to Make an Opera Aria Sing on the Piano

Thursday, October 24, 2013

David Dubal digs deeper to unpack several more operatic transcriptions for the piano. We hear versions by Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Stanley Waldoff and others.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

When Opera is Translated for Piano

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This edition of Reflections from the Keyboard focuses on operatic transcriptions for the piano, complete with a few rarities.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Louis Menand and Richard Brody on Norman Mailer

Monday, October 14, 2013

Louis Menand and Richard Brody on Norman Mailer

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Richard Brody and Ryan Bloom discuss a recently recovered play by Camus.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Richard Brody and Ryan Bloom discuss a recently recovered play by Camus.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

Wagneriana

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard pays tribute to Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of some of Wagner’s work written by Liszt, Busoni, Gould and more.

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WQXR Blog

Wagner Explainer: Can We Separate the Man from His Music?

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've asked several Wagner scholars, conductors and critics about how they deal with issues around Wagner's troublesome character traits: his anti-Semitism, misogyny and narcissism.

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WQXR Blog

Richard Wagner, Comedy Icon?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Not often do we associate the 19th-century composer with comedy. There are, however, a surprising number of references to Wagner and his compositions in popular culture today.

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