Submitted by email@example.com on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:02.
The Library of Congress has just launched the National Jukebox.
From the National Jukebox website:
Here you can have a listen to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, recorded on June 10, 1924, by the Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra and featuring George Gershwin himself on the piano.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 09:38.
It was on this day in 1913 that a ballet caused a riot in Paris. The Rite of Spring, with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, had its premiere at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on an unusually warm evening. The audience, prepared for a more traditional presentation, began to boo and hiss almost immediately at the ballet's dissonant music, jarring rhythms, jerky choreography and story of pagan sacrifice. The artistic violence presented on stage soon spilled over into the public, whose shouting and brawling resulted in the police's arrival by intermission.
Despite its inauspicious premiere, the ballet went on to great success: the music even appears in Disney's Fantasia. You can listen to The Rite of Spring through the Naxos Music Library and read about Stravinsky through Oxford Music Online. NPR has a story about the ballet's scandalous premiere; WNYC's Radiolab program has a piece on the music and how our ear makes sense of it.
Submitted by aridzona@stanfo... on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 09:52.
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, held in Bethel, New York. We have books, videos, and the new film: Woodstock: 3 days of peace and music will soon be available. For more articles, see the links in yesterday's New York Times article, which includes an online readers' album of photos, video and comments, as well as this link from Newsday.