Sara Fishko

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Louis Kaufman

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Violinist Louis Kaufman went to Hollywood in 1934. He became a fixture in movie orchestras and played the soaring violin of Hollywood’s golden age. Kaufman’s memoir, A Fiddler's Tale, is about to see the light of day, thanks to the efforts of his frequent accompanist and wife of 62 years, ...


Spoken Word

Saturday, July 12, 2003

It used to be that poetry was an entirely spoken form. But then, thanks to the printing press, poetry became a mostly silent literary form. Sara Fishko discovers how disconcerting it can be to hear the words you're used to only seeing on the page.


Now Playing: Carnegie Hall

Saturday, June 07, 2003

The New York Philharmonic announced this week that it's moving out of Lincoln Center, where it has performed since the place opened 41 years ago and returning to Carnegie Hall, a half mile south. As Sara Fishko explains, this latest change shaking the classical musical world may also be ...


J.S. Bach's Irresistible Chaconne

Friday, May 30, 2003

Every composer dreams of having a work last forever. Some spectacular pieces of music, Sara Fishko tells us, do seem to last. One such undying favorite is the subject of today's Fishko Files - J.S. Bach's Chaconne.



Saturday, May 17, 2003



From Renaissance Italy to Benin

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Rivals have been around as long as people have envied each other's success. Sara Fisko found some places where rivalry is productive — and where it isn't.


Diaries & Journals

Saturday, March 22, 2003

A look at why collectors are attracted to the intimate written thoughts of strangers. Produced by Sara Fishko.


1 Maple, 4 Instruments

Saturday, March 08, 2003

The harmonies of a string quartet come from the score and the players of course, but also from the instruments themselves. Sara Fishko talked to the Miro Quartet, whose members are experimenting with the sounds that can be created from one old maple tree.


What Exactly is Improvisation?

Saturday, March 01, 2003

In the world of the jazz standard, improvisation is a very specific thing: it's a way of embellishing or even re-inventing a melody, using the structure of a song as a basis. Sara Fishko tried to get jazz improvisers to tell her about how they do it and she ...


Movie Mistakes

Saturday, January 04, 2003

A look at how we watch movies closely, and how even their tiniest storytelling flaws resonate on the set and off. Produced by Sara Fishko.


Schoenberg and the Classical Revolution

Saturday, December 21, 2002

The beginning of the 20th century was an era of revolution, and that’s true too of classical music. Twentieth-century composition went through a gigantic harmonic shift, and Arnold Schoenberg was at the heart of it.



Saturday, December 14, 2002

Many of us think the first great revolution of the 20th century came in October 1917 in Russia. But before Russia, there was Mexico. And with the Mexican revolution came an unparalleled period of artistic excitement and productivity. Sara Fishko has the story of a Mexican composer who was ...


Now Playing: Glenn Gould

Saturday, September 28, 2002

The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was born 70 years ago this week. He died shortly after his 50th birthday. It was Gould's staggering performances of Bach's music that brought him — and Bach, for that matter — to broad popular attention. Sara Fishko asked pianists who play Bach today to comment ...


Memory and Music

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Classical music can give us the grandeur and gravity we crave. And the words can bring it down to earth, closer to the specifics of what we're trying to recall. Sara Fishko looks at memory, music, and the art of capturing a profound moment in time. 



Saturday, July 27, 2002

Electronic-instrument inventor Leon Theremin turns out to be a Russian spy. 


Movie Mistakes

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Sara Fishko looks at how we watch movies closely, and how even their tiniest storytelling flaws resonate on the set and off.


Now Playing: The House I Live In

Saturday, June 29, 2002

A new CD set contains everything Frank Sinatra recorded in Hollywood from 1940 to 1964. One patriotic song in particular rose improbably to become a hit just after World War 2 — and its meaning changed in the process.


Cinematic Knockouts

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Filmmakers have explored the drama and brutality of boxing since the beginning of film history. Writers Victor Navasky and Jack Newfield talk about boxing at the movies. 


Editing Glenn Gould

Saturday, April 20, 2002

In the classical recording world, performance is thought of as a fluid, spontaneous art. But in post-production, thousands of tiny, inaudible edits shape the music to perfection. Should a listener care?


Now Playing: Kurt Weill

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Two years after the centenary of German composer Kurt Weill, tributes are continuing, including a large exhibition and performance series now at the New York Public Library. Weill's music will always bear the imprint of one spectacular performer, his wife and muse Lotte Lenya.