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The Rite of Spring at 100

May 28, 2013

If any piece can be said to define the twentieth century, it’s Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  The first performance took place almost exactly a year and a month before the first blows of the Great War, and the work’s reputation has continued to grow, leading to a new edition of the score in 2000, and a new boxed CD set of 38 different recordings (!) issued in 2013.

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The Rite of Spring – An Appreciation

May 14, 2013
Igor Stravinsky

As I write these words, we are no more than a few days away from the hundredth anniversary of one of the great events in musical history. May 29, 1913 was the date of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, one of the most tumultuous first performances ever.

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Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

August 19, 2010

For anyone who lived through the turmoil of the 1970s, songs like Close To You, Superstar, and Rainy Days and Mondays are a part of your history. Some people openly enjoyed the music of the Carpenters, others called them “cheesy” and “bubblegum” — but secretly listened to and fell in love with the velvet voice of Karen Carpenter.

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Summer Travels

May 26, 2010

As musical activities for the year slow down, thoughts of summer fun, additional learning and exciting travel enter the thought process. While the possibilities are endless, there are some destinations and events musicians may want to consider.

I’ll start with the obvious.   We’d love you to stop by and visit your local Pepper store, or attend one of our more than 40 summer music reading sessions this summer.   It’s a nice addition to any trip you have planned,  and you’re likely to find inspiring music to consider for next season.  So, if your travels take you our way and you have time, put us on your itinerary.

Summer events: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/events

Locations:  http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/services-stores.jsp

There are also some very interesting music museums throughout the country to consider.  Halftime Magazine recently provided information on some unique musical destinations to get you started:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Cleveland, OH – www.rockhall.com

Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ – www.themim.org

The Grammy Museum – Los Angeles, CA – www.grammymuseum.org

Museum of Making Music – Carlsbad, CA – www.museumofmakingmusic.org

Rhythm Discovery Center – Indianapolis, IN – www.rhythmdiscoverycenter.org

Experience Music Project – Seattle, WA – www.empsfm.org

You can find more unique possibilities by entering a Google search for Music Museums.

While you are busy exploring the possibilities, the Pepper staff will be preparing for your next musical year.  We wish you happy and safe travels!