Category Archives: Music History

Rescuing Sacred Music of the Renaissance

Renaissance music is being studied in new ways at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy. A news magazine piece on “Rescuing Sacred Music of the Renaissance” from CBS Sunday Morning features Music and the Medici, a research program of … Continue reading

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Medieval Architecture, Early Modern Music, and Covid Vaccinations

Salisbury Cathedral is currently serving as a Covid-19 vaccination site in the United Kingdom. The soaring medieval architecture provides a vast, airy space for health care providers and British citizens getting vaccinated. According to The New York Times, “patients have … Continue reading

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Renaissance Music in Chicago

Medieval and Renaissance Music in Chicago, May 9-10 The Chicago-based professional early music ensemble, Schola Antiqua, presents two concerts honoring the apocryphal mother of the Virgin Mary, St. Anne. The program is presented in connection with the release of the … Continue reading

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Newberry Research Methods Workshop

Application deadline: Monday, January 27 Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students Music and Travel, 1500 – 1700 Directed by Carla Zecher, Director, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, and Newberry Curator of Music Meets 9 am to 5 pm … Continue reading

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Controversial Steve Reich WTC Album Cover

A new album of composer Steve Reich’s music, performed by the Kronos Quartet, is stirring controversy. The album cover uses an iconic September 11 photo of the second plane just before it crashes into the World Trade Center. Reich’s composition, … Continue reading

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French Rocker in American Press

It is rare to see French rock music discussed in American popular culture, but the New York Times ran a fairly long story today about the iconic French rocker Johnny Hallyday. Johnny Hallyday is an aging rock star and national … Continue reading

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KUT’s Texas Music History

University of Texas at Austin’s KUT radio station has created a streaming mix of Texas music history that is worth checking out. Texas music history is much more diverse than most people realize. NPR has the story and the mix … Continue reading

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Legendary Drummer Seeks Royalties

The legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield is seeking royalties for his much-sampled beats, which have been re-used by thousands of musicians.  Stubblefield’s influential drumming style is considered a crucial aspect of the music history of modern rock, funk, rap, and hip-hop. … Continue reading

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Neapolitan Music and the Camorra

A new musical movement in Naples appears to be intimately linked with the Camorra (Neapolitan mafia). WBEZ’s Worldview offers a story on the “neomelodics.”

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Jubilee Quartet and African-American Spirituals

A fascinating story explores how the Jubilee Quartet at Fisk University attempted to preserve slave-era spirituals in the early twentieth century. Read the story and hear the recordings from the 1900s and 1910s at NPR.  

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