A Making Music exclusive An unknown, never-performed, and never-recorded work for string quartet composed by Leonard Bernstein — perhaps the most talented and successful classical musician in American history — later this year will have its world premiere at Tanglewood, the music venue that had a 50-year association/connection to the famed conductor, composer, musician, and […]
This brief history of the guitar dates back to the 14th century, when troubadours would serenade their ladies with guitars and guitar-like instruments.
On January 30, world-renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin led the Steep Canyon Rangers (the Grammy award winning American bluegrass band from Asheville, N.C.) through a rendition of their new single “California” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Many people know that Martin played his banjo while doing standup comedy or on Saturday […]
On December 22, the world heralds the winter solstice, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. As the darkness lifts, the days will grow longer. Winter Solstice celebrations all over the world mark the midwinter cycle of the seasons and new beginnings. The December solstice gave rise to celebrations that can be […]
Trumpeter/hornist Jeff Stockham recently came to the Making Music offices for what turned out to be a rather lengthy interview about his passion for historic brass instruments — both playing them and collecting them. One of the many ensembles in which Stockham plays, in fact, is The Excelsior Cornet Band, New York State’s only authentic […]
Coldplay was formed between 1996 and 1998 at University College London. The founding members Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland met each other during their first week of school.
The piano was invented around 1700 in Italy by harpsichord maker Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, who worked with the Florentine Court of the Grand Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici. Cristofori named his invention gravicèmbalo col piano e forte, which means “harpsichord with loud and soft.” It was later shortened to “fortepiano” and finally to just “piano.” […]