Banjo. Lavta. Tamborello. Already a collection of instruments that don’t seem to go together at first glance. But Rhiannon Giddens wants you to know that they do. And as she says, “that’s the point of the whole thing.”
Looped and layered rhythmic lines give Cristina Spinei’s music an amazing amount of motion. This is what has put her work in demand with choreographers.
Since being used to commemorate the funerals of the likes of FDR, JFK and Albert Einstein, Samuel Barber’s famous, lush tearjerker Adagio for Strings has become an unofficial anthem of communal mourning. But the work has also elicited some very different emotions by appearing in some unexpected places, like an episode of Seinfeld or the floors of a dance club.
For every piece of music that’s ever been notated there’s a moment, however brief, where the composer has the inspiration, but nothing is yet written down.
As a musicologist, Dr. Robin Wallace has devoted much of his career to studying Beethoven.
Then his wife, Barbara, went deaf.