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Classical music news: NPR’s new “Deceptive Cadence” blog is a winner. Listen to it and subscribe to its podcasts for FREE

September 28, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

I’ve written before about National Public Radio and the great job they do with music. NPR gets a lot of traffic about music, music of all kinds.

Now you don’t have to hunt things down beyond using the search engine for “Music Interludes” — those snippets you hear between stories on “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and other shows.

NPR has started a new classical music blog – complete with stories and comments– you might want to add to your Favorites or Bookmark list. I have.

It’s called “Deceptive Cadence” and can be found at

Then first story is about contemporary composer Robert Kyr (below) of Oregon, working on a new commission for a choral group in Austin, Texas. (You might recall that the UW Choral Union did his Requiem a few years back.)

Then the blog hosted an hour-long conversation between composer Jennifer Higdon (below top) and violinist Hilary Hahn, who has just released a recording of Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto (which Hahn commissioned) coupled with the popular Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. (Hahn — who will perform a recital at the Wisconsin Union Theater this season — likes to couple modern works with old favorites – a smart strategy for selling both kinds of music.)

And then the blog has started a series about which pieces of music classical musicians first fell in love with.

So you see, it is really doing good things. It may even climb to the top tie of classical music blogs, along with Alex Ross. It deserves to.

And what’s all this talk about classical music being dead?

Either reports of the death were premature.

Or the corpse sure seems like it is twitching its way towards resuscitation.

And a link to the introduction:

Happy reading.

And happy listening. Here is an intro story you should stream about “Deceptive Cadence” blog producer Tom Huizenga (below) and his asking people, professional musicians and just ordinary listeners, what piece of classical music they first fell in love with.

You should also know that it is now available as a podcast for iPods (below) and MP3 players. I’ve subscribed – it’s FREE – and so should you. (I think they are still catching up on moving broadcasts to podcasts.)

So send on word to your family, friends and co-workers by forwarding a link to The Ear.

And let me know: What do you think of NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog?

Do you share my esteem and enthusiasm?

The Ear wants to hear.

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