Beethoven Played on Period Instruments

One of the biggest issues of this ossified study of hundred-some year old music is that our university students are being taught that Beethoven, for instance, is forever… or at least his music is.  We play them wonderful excerpts recorded on Steinway 9-footers of his Sonatae, and it never occurs to the young initiates that […]

Pitch! It exists!

Not only does pitch exist, it’s part of the trifecta of all music (the other brothers Timbre and Rhythm will have their day). Sound is a giant pitch. Not just one, but lots of pitches. Big pitches, small pitches, pitches you can pick out in a crowd, and pitches that don’t sound like a pitch […]

Elvis Sings Amazing Grace

Pretty stellar stuff here — gospel with Elvis.  His roots were deep in the gospel tradition, and his success was largely due to his ability to sing in “black” styles while being socially acceptable to the white audience of the day.  Race has defined America in so many ways; this recording is well-suited to meditate […]

Glenn Gould Chair Recreation

Sounds like a nice pasttime, doesn’t it? Also with video goodness, and the price is right!

Lennie Tristano, Berlin 1965

Yet again, another interesting and rhythmic recording from the great jazz piano teacher, Lennie Tristano: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. His general lack of available recordings has made him a less celebrated […]

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C# Major

From The Well Tempered Clavier.  Two tracks: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] These two are particularly charming!  They are the fifth and sixth pieces within the Well-Tempered Clavier, and carry with them a certain spunk and personality — Bach was clearly writing with the intent of showcasing the tonal possibilities of all twelve […]

Benjamin Zander at TED

Required viewing: I cannot imagine a more captivating talk on music appreciation — he accomplishes so much in a very very short time period.

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

Live at Montreaux in 2001.  A fantastic job by these guys, who also had a remarkable duet album. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

The Köln Concert

The Wall Street Journal on a Keith Jarrett album: It is the most successful solo jazz album of all time, but Keith Jarrett wants to see each of the 3.5 million copies of “The Köln Concert” stomped into the ground. (via Metafilter).

Palin Sings Katie A Song

Pretty tremendous work, again!  This one isn’t AutoTuned, which somehow makes it more incredible.  Finding the pitches in the voice is so impressive to me. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. More here.