outside listening: dreimal libertango

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Astor Piazzolla almost singlehandedly created a new genre–literally nuevo tango–by pairing traditional tango with jazz and classical ideas. This music seems to be especially friendly to the cello, as everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to the 2Cellos now count Piazzolla compositions among their standard repertoire. Video 1: live recording of Astor Piazzolla performing the original (on bandoneon) Video 2: Yo-Yo Ma solo […]

outside listening: the bells of st. genevieve & the viola da gamba

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Marin Marais was a French Baroque composer who wrote this beautiful piece about the ringing bells of St. Etienne-du-Mont cathedral in Paris. You probably recognize the violin, but the other two instruments might be less familiar. The instrument that looks like a piano is a harpsichord or a cembalo. The instrument that looks like a cello […]