Tom Huizenga http://kplu.org en The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks http://kplu.org/post/concerto-400-year-old-recipe-still-cooks The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:01:03 +0000 Tom Huizenga 17106 at http://kplu.org The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler http://kplu.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 16:12:27 +0000 Tom Huizenga 15118 at http://kplu.org Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums http://kplu.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 17:37:33 +0000 Tom Huizenga 14994 at http://kplu.org Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty http://kplu.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 19:04:20 +0000 Tom Huizenga 14589 at http://kplu.org A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? http://kplu.org/post/what-ever-happened-classical-christmas-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr-csOGecGc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKvoygXsRV4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH4rSCabUWg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONknTGUckKc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 11:00:47 +0000 Tom Huizenga 7454 at http://kplu.org Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? Why do people hate rap and opera? http://kplu.org/post/why-do-people-hate-rap-and-opera So what's wrong with rap and opera? Not much, really. Except that last week when we asked readers to name their <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/02/03/146365081/where-are-your-musical-blind-spots" target="_blank">musical blind spots</a> (genres or bands they ignored, either by choice or neglect) a distinct refrain emerged within the responses. Two examples:<p><blockquote><p>"Oh, and by the way, rap is not music. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:11:17 +0000 Tom Huizenga 4195 at http://kplu.org Why do people hate rap and opera?