Monthly Archives: October 2007

Dancing to Classical Music? Why Not?

In today’s New York Times, Daniel Levitin writes on a topic we have already discussed in these posts, because it is fundamental to our workshops. His take on it is worth reading. He calls it “Dancing in the Seats.” (Click … Continue reading

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Jazz: A Music Without Boundaries

It was around 1917 in New Orleans that Louis Armstrong acquired his first Victrola and began collecting records. He once recalled it this way: “Big event for me then was buying a wind-up Victrola. Most of my records were the … Continue reading

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A Magical Beethoven Moment: A Desert Island Choice

I have had a love affair with a piece of music for almost sixty years. I am talking about Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 in G. There are so many details in this masterwork that transport me to a very … Continue reading

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Jazz Improvisation: What it Really Is

I have heard people say so many times “when jazz people improvise, they make things up as they go along.” Even some music appreciation textbooks that I’ve seen say pretty much the same thing. Nothing could be further from the … Continue reading

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