Posts Tagged ‘On Point’

on point: the global beat

November 29, 2010

There was an interesting show recently on Tom Ashbrook’s On Point – he talked with a couple of ethnomusicologists about Javanese gamelan music. If you’re not familiar with the gamelan, you may find it a surprising listening experience the first time. The gamelan is a metal orchestra including various bells, gongs, xylophones and drums. It’s both melodic and clamorous, and capable of producing a remarkable variety and depth of music. This show digs in to the history and traditions of gamelan – good stuff, see what you think.

the 9th

June 16, 2010

Program alert! Yesterday’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook featured a fascinating, insightful look at Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Symphony #9. I thought I knew a lot about the circumstances that led to the symphony’s creation, and about the world it lived in. I learned a lot with this program. Like, when the symphony premiered – it had three conductors! Not quite the image you get from the movies.

Check it out, it’s worth a listen.

heard on the radio

December 11, 2009

A couple of interesting music stories in the news this week:

::  Recreating the harpsichord/viola , a hybrid instrument of Leonardo DaVinci’s design from 1488. (Yes, but now what will we do with all the jokes for SOLO viola?)

::  And, from On Point with Tom Ashbrook, a discussion with author Eric Siblin about the enduring mystery and allure of Bach’s Cello Suites.


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