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2:43 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his "1812 Overture" in 1880.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 6:11 pm

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his piece The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major in commemoration of the Russian Army's successful defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing troops at the Battle of Borodino. Most Americans, however, know the piece as the bombastic tune that accompanies Fourth of July fireworks shows all over the country.

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2:38 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins: Making Peace With The Immediate Past

The Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 (from left): Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne and Jeff Schroeder.
Paul Elledge Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 7:45 pm

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Siamese Dream, the second album by The Smashing Pumpkins and the one, along with 1995's Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, that broke the band into the mainstream and spawned its most lasting hits.

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Music
6:31 am
Sun June 24, 2012

In Survival Of The Funkiest, Bad Music Dies First

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 2:34 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Human evolution is all about survival of the fittest. Over thousands of generations, the weak have been weeded out, and the strong have survived. But how would that kind of natural selection work in other settings - like, say, music? Well, one biologist decided to find out. He designed a website where listeners can rate collections of notes according to their musicality. The nice sounds survive, and other users listen to them. But the ugly sounds die off.

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Music
6:31 am
Sun June 24, 2012

'Best So Far' Of Latin Alternative Music In 2012

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 2:38 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is June, the time of year when our friends at NPRMusic compile songs, artists and albums for something they like to call their Best of the Year So Far List. And we thought we'd give you a sampling of some of their favorites. We're focusing today on Latin alternative music.

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd hosts NPR's online show Alt.Latino and they spoke to WEEKEND EDITION's Rachel Martin about the sounds that are catching their ears in 2012.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Interviews
3:56 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts.
Jimmy Katz

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 4:42 pm

By day, jazz drummer Matt Wilson teaches his craft at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. By night, he practices it with legends like Lee Konitz at storied venues like the Village Vanguard.

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