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Origins of our National Anthem

It’s the Fourth of July tomorrow. Huzzah, fireworks and hot dogs for everyone! Of course, everyone within shouting distance of an American flag will probably get a heaping helping of this ditty as well. Just as Francis Scott Key imagined it, right? Well, not quite, and not only because there wasn’t a singer like Whitney Houston available. Remember, … Continue reading

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YouTube: Debussy’s Nocturnes

It’s easy to forget sometimes, but Claude Debussy was one of the most brash, audacious composers to ever have lived. Debussy was one of the great musical pioneers of his generation, taking the tonal work of Franz Listz and Richard Wagner to new extremes, and completely disregarding traditional forms. It’s easy to forget, because while … Continue reading