Tom Huizenga http://ualrpublicradio.org en Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/angst-and-excellence-forgotten-soviet-symphonies Soviet composer Vadim Salmanov is little more than a footnote outside Russia, but his four energetic, skillfully orchestrated symphonies are making a small comeback. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:47:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 22261 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pet-sounds-npr-music-critter-quiz From as far back as we can tell, music makers have been inspired by the flora and especially the fauna around us. From tooting tunes on actual <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090624-bone-flute-oldest-instrument.html">animal horns and bones</a>, to musical portraits of creatures <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZAGLJtj5RU">large</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQhEtF29O3I">small</a>, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 22139 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 21913 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/alaskan-composer-wins-pulitzer-become-ocean <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/120995813/john-luther-adams" target="_blank">John Luther Adams</a>, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAk527M-INA">performed in</a> — natural landscapes, has <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Music" target="_blank">won the Pulitzer Prize</a> for music for his symphonic work <em>Become Ocean<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGIEvUOf-JU"></a></em>. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 21807 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/first-listen-valentina-lisitsa-chasing-pianos Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/11/174018651/the-classical-pianist-with-55-million-youtube-hits" target="_blank">revived her stalled career</a> by uploading videos of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0" target="_blank">herself playing Chopin</a> to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 21078 at http://ualrpublicradio.org First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/joseph-calleja-tiny-desk-concert Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20768 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/wig-out-big-bach-puzzler <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a>, with his big white wig, might stand as the "supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music," as musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky says. But the composer, organist, choirmaster and teacher could also be surprisingly witty and irreverent. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20640 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pitch-perfect-3-must-hear-vocal-albums The human voice, the true original instrument, is still the most expressive and personal of all. It's one reason more than 42.5 million Americans sing in choirs, and why we seem to be hardwired to tell our stories through song. It also probably explains why I'm a vocal music junkie, eagerly pawing over the operas, recitals and choir albums that land on my desk and in my download folder. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20469 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/how-irish-are-you-st-paddys-day-puzzler With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's hard to escape the allure of the Emerald Isle, with its rolling heaths, swirling jigs, frothy beer and curious legends. While we can't afford to fly you to Dublin we can offer this humble St. Paddy's Day puzzler. Score high and be rewarded with the pot 'o gold at the end of the rainbow. Mess up and yours is a sad bowl of soggy Lucky Charms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20275 at http://ualrpublicradio.org How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/kid-named-carl-stirs-bach-musical-dynasty When it comes to musical dynasties, it's tough to top the Bach family. From town fiddlers to court composers, the Bachs dominated German music for seven generations. Today, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian</a> towers above all his relatives, but there's another important Bach we shouldn't forget — especially today, on the 300th anniversary of his birth.<p>Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 19991 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty