John Schaefer

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The Uncompromising Cecil Taylor

Friday, April 06, 2018

Pianist Cecil Taylor, one of the fathers of free jazz, passed away last night at the age of 89. In this 2007 interview with John Schaefer, Taylor discussed how mutation is everything.
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Weekly Music Roundup: The Weeknd, Sons of Kemet, and Brazilian Girls

Monday, April 02, 2018

New Sounds
Week of April 2: This week, new music from The Weeknd, Sons of Kemet, and Brazilian Girls.
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Musical Sunrises

Saturday, March 31, 2018

It happens every day — darkness scatters as the sun rises, and color returns to the world. Even though it is, literally, an everyday occurrence, it’s also a magical one.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Pussy Riot, Tinariwen, and Yo La Tengo

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Sounds
Week of March 19: This week, musical reactions to a troubled world from Pussy Riot, Roger Waters, and Yo La Tengo. Plus new videos from Tinariwen and Courtney Barnett.
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Music from Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17, 2018

 Ireland is a deeply musical place, but it doesn’t have much of a reputation for classical music. That is changing though, with a vibrant scene centered in Dublin.

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Are Angels Always So Nice?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Look in any greeting card store and you’ll see cute, chubby little angels smiling and gazing upwards beatifically. But what about in music? Are angels always so ... nice?

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Weekly Music Roundup: kwes, Chvrches, and Sidi Touré

Monday, March 05, 2018

New Sounds
Week of March 5: This week, a moving Oscar performance, Malian rock from Sidi Touré, London producer kwes, and Brooklyn punk from Bodega.
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Jonny Greenwood, Carter Burwell Among Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score

Saturday, March 03, 2018

This year’s nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Score include some of film’s most illustrious names. Unlike last year’s field however there are no women among the nominees.
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'David Bowie Is' Reaches Its Final Destination, the Brooklyn Museum

Friday, March 02, 2018

The exhibition “David Bowie Is” has spent the last five years on tour, circling the globe, visiting 11 museums on five continents. The final stop is the Brooklyn Museum.

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Poll: Which Film Will Take Home the Oscar for Best Score?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Will it be “Phantom Thread”? Or will John Williams pick up his sixth Academy Award with another “Star Wars” score?
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A New Organ For Manhattan’s Oldest Church

Thursday, February 22, 2018

St. Paul’s Chapel, “The Little Chapel That Stood,” celebrates a new instrument with a weeklong festival.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Courtney Barnett, Rafiq Bhatia, and Howie Lee

Monday, February 19, 2018

This week, new music from Beach House to Beijing, Rafiq Bhatia and Punjab Tronix, plus a new Courtney Barnett record is coming.
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Beyond Words

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The idea of using the voice as an instrument rather than as the carrier of a text is a relatively recent development, at least in Western classical music.

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Remembering Jóhann Jóhannsson

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who died Feb. 9, aged 48, was the rare experimental musician whose work crossed over to the general public. John Schaefer looks back on his legacy.
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Tombeau

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Join John Schaefer on The Furthermore as he explores the old tradition among classical music composers of writing memorial pieces for colleagues who have passed on. 

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Chaconnes and Passacaglias

Saturday, February 03, 2018

In the Baroque era, the chaconne and its close relative the passacaglia were favorite musical forms — and they've both had a remarkable revival in contemporary music. 

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Mostly Mozart, Sort Of…

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mozart was directly responsible for over 600 works, but since his death he's also been indirectly responsible for hundreds of pieces. Hear the composers who have been inspired by Mozart.

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Hugh Masekela, South Africa’s Musical Ambassador, Dies At 78

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

South African trumpeter, singer and composer Hugh Masekela, one of the most effective ambassadors for his country in the rest of the world died today, Jan. 23, 2018.
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Memories in Music

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Memory can be a tricky thing. Some memories are pretty straightforward; others are fraught. Take German composer Max Richter’s 2002 collection memoryhouse, about 20th century Europe.

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Old Songs / New Works

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Just because a song is around 200 years old doesn’t mean it’s past its sell-by date. John Schaefer looks at how old songs have provided the musical inspiration for contemporary works.

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