A famous music critic once referred to the French composer Maurice Ravel as “this most conscious, most naturally artificial of composers.” And in fact Ravel specifically said that he wasn’t seeking “profundity” in the music he wrote. He was merely seeking… perfection —some sort of technical perfection in composition, as he defined it, with “absolute beauty” as the guidepost and goal. But here’s the problem: I’m not sure we should completely believe him. Ravel once said, “In my opinion the joie de vivre expressed in dance goes much deeper than the puritanism of César Franck.” Ravel borrowed dance rhythms from Spain, from Austria, and from America, by way of jazz, and I think his enthusiastic and very personal exploitation of those rhythms reflected his understanding that in order to achieve depth, you don’t always have to dig. This has been A Minute with Miles – a production of South Carolina Public Radio, made possible by the J.M. Smith Corporation.
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Today Andrew is joined in the studio by operatic mezzo-soprano Christina Campsall to talk about life gigging and auditioning in Europe, Instagram, her pandemic experience, and much more.Christina's Links:https://www.christinacampsall.com/calendarhttps://www.instagram.com/christina.campsallContact us:[email protected] *New* Website:http://survivingclassicalmusic.comOur Links:https://www.getsl.ink/survivingclassicalmusic Support the show (https://patreon.com/survivingclassicalmusic)
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More today about the timpani, or kettledrums. The “kettle” of a kettledrum is called the “bowl,” and is made of copper or brass. The “head” of the drum, the surface that the player strikes, is a piece of Mylar plastic stretched over the rim of the bowl. Timpani heads were originally made of calfskin, but calfskin is very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, and it’s expensive, so although some players still prefer the sound of calfskin heads, these days most players stick with plastic. Tuning the drums to specific pitches is a matter of adjusting the tension of the drumheads—tighter for higher, looser for lower. This is done with a pedal mechanism on most modern timpani, although hand screws around the rim are still used for fine adjustments. And if you see a timpanist bending over his instrument during a concert with his ear close to the drumheads, it’s because timpanists often have to tune their drums to different pitches while everybody else is playing. This has been A
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I'm Not Afraid of Anything, especially not this episode on Songs for a New World! We talk JRB's debutante ball, the inescapable male gaze, and letting music do the heavy lifting. PLUS: even a broken JLM watch is right twice a day. Theme music by Cullen Vance. World premiere recording: Amazon | iTunes | Spotify
Duration (h:m:s): 52:27
Welcome to the 18th episode of Broadway Babies! This week, Noelle and Stephanie are thrilled to welcome Ben Fankhauser (Newsies, Beautiful, Spring Awakening)! Ben is best known for playing Davey in Newsies (Original Broadway Cast & Movie). Other New York: Mack & Mabel (Encores!), Saturday Night and Bar-mitzvah Boy (York Theatre). First national tours: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Spring Awakening. Regionally Ben has been seen in Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage), American In Paris (MTW) Big River (Sacramento Music Circus), I Hate Hamlet (Bucks County Playhouse) Next To Normal (North Carolina Theatre), Television: The Deuce, Indoor Boys, Tony Awards. Ben is a frequent guest performer at many cabaret venues in New York City including Feinsteins/54 Below where his solo concert Ben’s Fank’d Up Broadway had a sold out run. Hear more on Spotiy/Itunes/Youtube BFA: Ithaca College. @PlzNfankU. Cleveland Native. --- Stephanie Andersen (Bare: A Pop Opera, Original Cast, Cast Recording and Revival) and Noelle Hannibal (Hair: 20th Anniversary Production, Star Trek, Buffy) and are professional performers and fangirls with a deep and never-ending love for musical theatre. Join them as they chat about all things Broadway on this special podcast which will feature interviews with some of Broadway's most beloved stars.
Duration (h:m:s): 1:04:25
In this episode of Inside the Music: The Reno Phil Podcast, Music Director Laura Jackson and Chris Morrison discuss the Reno Phil's return to the concert stage after several months. They discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the Reno Phil's activities, as well as the music of William Grant Still, Benjamin Britten, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featured in the October 3/4 performance.
Duration (h:m:s): 29:05