A Blog Supreme
5:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Translating Ether To Paper

For jazz musicians, transcribing from recordings is often a huge part of learning the craft.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:04 pm

The headline of this feature story in the Green Bay Press-Gazette is "Saxophonist transcribes jazz to printed notes." Especially if you're not familiar with the mechanics of the craft, it is a rather amazing thing:

"There will be one measure with 65 notes in it," he said. "First of all, I have to write out every note and then divide each beat into however many notes until it hits on the next beat.

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3:53 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Pavel Haas Quartet

The Pavel Haas Quartet live at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 27, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:48 pm


  • Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 1
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From My Life"

If you haven't yet heard the Pavel Haas Quartet, buckle your seat belt. This smart, incisive group from Prague with an ultra-warm sound and a sure sense of rhythmic play has been collecting accolades by the fistful ever since they burst onto the international scene six years ago.

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The Record
3:41 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Remembering Bert Weedon, Guitar Teacher To Rock Stars (And Many More)

British guitarist Bert Weedon died Friday at age 91.
Keystone Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:39 pm

Even if you've never heard the name Bert Weedon before, his death on Friday, at the age of 91, deserves a salute: a chiming, perfectly fingered D major chord salute.

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Classics in Concert
3:11 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Hear The Opera That Just Won The Pulitzer

Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-winning opera recounts a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troups during World War I.
Michal Daniel Minnesota Opera

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:51 pm

New York-based composer and Peabody Institute faculty member Kevin Puts has won the Pulitizer Prize for music with Silent Night, his first opera. The work received its world premiere in November at the Minnesota Opera in St. Paul.

Pulitzer officials described Silent Night as "a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart."

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Mountain Stage
2:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band On Mountain Stage