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A Blog Supreme
4:13 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight

Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 4:38 pm

When Duke Ellington received the news that Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years, had died, Ellington reportedly cried and told a friend, "No, I'm not all right! Nothing is going to be all right now."

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All Songs Considered
3:49 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boards Of Canada Share New Video, Song

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 1:32 am

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Deceptive Cadence
1:32 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Where's Your Awesome 'Rite Of Spring' Video?

Elementary school students in Maplewood, N.J. prepare to enact their own Rite.
courtesy of Seth Boyden Demonstration School
  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

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Alt.Latino
1:25 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Black, Puerto Rican And Proud: Guest DJ Tego Calderón

Gifted Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon is seen outside his studio, El Sitio, in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:59 am

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World Cafe
1:20 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy On World Cafe

Boy.
Inga Seevers Courtesy of the artist

The Swiss-German duo Boy has enjoyed worldwide success with its charming debut album, Mutual Friends. Members Sonya Glass and Valeska Steiner met in 2005 at a six-week song workshop and quickly developed a rapport.

In this installment of World Cafe, the two discuss the nuances of writing in English, and describe how their friendship grew along with their musical success.

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:06 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

Chris Potter.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:04 pm

Now in his early 40s, Chris Potter is "the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation," according to New York Times jazz writer Nate Chinen.

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Mountain Stage
12:32 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Paleface On Mountain Stage

Paleface.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:04 pm

Paleface makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A product of New York City's 1990s "anti-folk" movement, the singer first learned to write songs and record demo tapes from iconic outsider musician (and West Virginia native) Daniel Johnston. Paleface went on to influence many important musicians, including his onetime roommate, Beck.

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All Songs Considered
12:28 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

We Get Mail: What's A Modern Music Snob To Do?

Even music snobs can find some common ground.
Diesel Sweeties

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:32 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the booklets of money-saving coupons we use to light kindling in the fireplace is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, tips for obsessive music fans in an age of instant online gratification.

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Arts & Life
12:03 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

HBCU President Asks Dr. Dre, Why Not Us?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Moving on to other news in education, last week hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine announced that they would be giving the University of Southern California $70 million to create a degree that will blend business, marketing, product development, design and liberal arts.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:56 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

Imani Winds performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:49 am

Editor's note: We're sorry.The video has been removed from this page.

When Igor Stravinsky began composing The Rite of Spring, his ballet for vast symphonic forces, he could hear the music in his head but couldn't quite figure out how to write it down. It was just too complicated.

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