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News from the music world

The music world has lost two of the greats this month.

Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died on December 5, just one day shy of his 92nd birthday.  Brubeck was best known for Take Five, along with his West Coast cool jazz style.  Visit his website at http://www.davebrubeck.com for bios, photos, and recordings and lots of great information.

Also, famed sitar virtuoso Ravi Shakar died on December 11, also at age 92.  He traveled to the United States in the 1960s and played for American audiences, which sparked interest in Indian classical music.  George Harrison was so impressed with the sound, he decided to use the sound in some of the Beatles’ recordings, which set off a trend of “raga rock.”  Among those who adopted the style:  The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Moody Blues, The Doors, The Chemical Brothers, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Visit his website at http://www.ravishankar.org/

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Dave Brubeck Quartet – from left: Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, and Joe Benjamin

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar in the 1950s

What’s making the news this morning

This morning, The Chronicle of Higher Education posted a news item about a previously unknown work by Fanny Mendelssohn.

Duke Graduate Student Unlocks “Mystery of the Lost Sonata.”

The story reports that doctoral student Angela Mace was able to identify the composer through handwriting comparisons as well as primary sources such as a diary, letters, and a bound collection of other handwritten scores by the composer, who has been more widely known as the sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn than for her own work.

The video below explains the discovery and why the world isn’t more familiar with Fanny Mendelssohn’s compositions.  Congratulations to Ms. Mace on her exciting discovery!

Exciting News about Naxos Music and Jazz Libraries

We received the following announcement this morning from the folks at Naxos:

It is with great pleasure that we announce – the complete EMI Classics catalog is now available to every Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library – Jazz institutional subscriber!  This vast catalog of recordings includes EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and Blue Note Records.

Today, more than 225 albums are be available in NML with the remainder of the 7200 album catalog available by the end of 2011.  More details will be available shortly.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the updates.

We hope you’re as excited as we are and look forward to many months of wonderful new music!  These additions represent the first of many great things to come – so stay tuned for more updates as we near the end of 2011.

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