You’re the Top: The Cole Porter Story  

About the Musician and Composer

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.” “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Begin the Beguine,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” — some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen […]

Aaron Copland: A Self Portrait

About the Composer

Aaron Copland was one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century. By incorporating popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions, he created pieces both exceptional and innovative. As a spokesman for the advancement of indigenous American music, Copland made great strides in liberating it from […]

Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind

Joni Mitchell’s Stylistic Journey

Tom Manoff, Classical Music Critic of NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED on Joni Mitchell Excerpts from his book Music: A Living Language (WW Norton and Co, 1982) I want the full hyphen: folk-rock-country-jazz-classical, so finally when you get all the hyphens in, maybe they’ll drop them all, and get down to just some American music. -Joni […]

John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say And I’m Saying It

About The Composer

“In the nature of the use of chance operations is the belief that all answers answer all questions.” n 1952, David Tudor sat down in front of a piano for four minutes and thirty-three seconds and did nothing. The piece 4’33” written by John Cage, is possibly the most famous and important piece in twentieth […]