The six-second drum roll that everyone rips off
Apair of British DJs have set up an online campaign to compensate a musician who, in 1969, co-created the most reused drum riff in popular music. The BBC has the full story, with musical inserts, here. (riff at 1:26) full audio history above
Musicians don’t die at 27. The danger age is 56.
A survey of musicians’ mortality aims to dispel the myth that the great die young, 27 being the preferred exit age. The research, conducted at the University of Sydney by Dianna Theadora Kenny, assesses all deaths of pop and rock musicians reported in the press from 1950 to 2010 and finds the median age odf departure […]
The biggest new thing on Youtube is … Belgian
We alerted readers ten months ago to the phenomenon that is Stromae, a baritone rapper of prodigious musicality. Stromae – an anagram for ‘Maestro’ – has scored 240 million Youtube views with his haunting debut song, Papaoutai. His Youtube total exceeds half a billion, and he has just launched in the US.
New video: All 24 Paganini variations played one on top of the other
Ask not the reason why, except that technology makes it possible. Our friend Eric Silberger, a Lorin Maazel protégé, has layered the complete set of Paganini variations onto one video screen, filmed and produced by fellow-violinist Lara St John. You see it here first. Beats playing scales any day.
Norway’s Parliament president in battle for Phantom musical fortune
The president of Norway’s parliament, Olemic Thommessen, has attacked banking secrecy in the Channel Islands and the British courts after failing to gain access to a trust fund he set up for his cousin, the brilliant theatre designer, Maria Bjornson. Maria, who died in London in 2002 leaving no immediate heirs, created sets and costumes for […]
A radiant American soprano has died of cancer
Judith Kellock died today. A pupil of Jan DeGaetani, she performed with leading US orchestras, was a regular at the Aspen Festival and appeared with opera companies in Italy and Greece. Judith was a popular teacher at Cornell University and a patron of young composers. UPDATE: Cornell tribute here.
Thielemann acts coy about Berlin Philharmonic
Quotes from an interview today in the Frankfurter Rundschau: Frage: Herr Thielemann, eine Dresdner Tageszeitung titelte kürzlich: «Dresden ist der Höhepunkt meiner Laufbahn». Im Interview sprachen Sie dann vielsagend von Ihrer «bisherigen Laufbahn». In diesen Wochen fragen sich viele, was da wohl noch kommt? Antwort: Vielsagend? Also, viele interessante Posten werden in den nächsten Monaten […]
Music mourns a Great Scot
We are saddened to report the death, this morning at his home in West Linton, near Edinburgh, of the composer and pianist Ronald Stevenson. He was 87 and had been in poor health in recent weeks. He is probably best known for his 80-minute Passacaglia on DSCH for solo piano, written between 1960 and 1962 […]
Two orchestra offers from China
The Nigerian scammers have a new gimmick: Kun Ming W.W inport and export corporation Dear Manager, Our Co. is a professional import and export corporation in China. The business integrity of our company is well-known in the field.Because of the increased business, we’re going to invite a large orchestra in your company to perform in […]
Something for the weekend? The conductor who goes with the flow
Definitely one for the New York Philharmonic shortlist.
Beyond belief: Italian party leader cracks jokes about Germanwings crash
Beppo Grillo, the 5* movement leader has crossed all bounds of bad taste by repeatedly comparing his prime minister to the co-pilot on the crashed plane. This insensate comedian makes Berlusconi look decent. Poor Italy. Report here.