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Mic Gillette (1951-2016) in a typical pose, holding his trumpet in his right hand and his trombone in his left

Dr. Bob Prescribes The Trombone

January 18th, 2022
Mic Gillette (1951-2016) in a typical pose, holding his trumpet in his right hand and his trombone in his left Yesterday’s Music History Monday post featured the trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn virtuoso Mic Gillette (1951-2016). In fact, Gillette could play virtually all modern brass instruments, and though he was primarily known as a trumpet player,…

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Mic Gillette

Music History Monday: Mic Gillette, Tower of Power, and the Oaktown Sound

January 17th, 2022
Mic Gillette (1951-2016) We mark the death on January 17, 2016 – six years ago today – of the American trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, and tuba player and teacher, Mic Gillette, of a heart attack in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord.  Born on May 7, 1951, in Oakland, Gillette was 64 years old…

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Lambert, Hendricks &Ross

Dr. Bob Prescribes: Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross

January 11th, 2022
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, a vocal ensemble consisting of three parts, one singer per part The vocal ensemble that is Lambert, Hendricks & Ross grew from a long and storied tradition of vocal ensembles, going back over 500 years. As a public service, I would offer up a quick survey of that tradition, starting with…

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George Frederick Handel circa 1720, “The Chandos portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel” by James Thornhill

Music History Monday: Handel Ripped Off

January 10th, 2022
George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) circa 1720, “The Chandos portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel” by James Thornhill We mark the premiere on January 10, 1713 – 309 years ago today – of George Frederick Handel’s opera Teseo at the King’s/Queen’s Theater (also-known-as the “Italian Opera Theater”) on Haymarket, in London. It was the still 27-year-old Handel’s third…

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George Martin and the Beatles in London’s Abbey Road studios, February or March 1963

Dr. Bob Prescribes The Beatles

January 4th, 2022
George Martin and the Beatles in London’s Abbey Road studios, February or March 1963 The Beatles made their first studio recordings – with George Martin at the helm as their producer – on September 4, 1962, at London’s Abbey Road studios. Out of the six songs they rehearsed and recorded, Martin chose two for their…

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The Beatles taking a break while recording their first full album, February 11, 1963: left-to-right, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and George Martin

Music History Monday: The Fifth Beatle

January 3rd, 2022
The Beatles taking a break while recording their first full album, February 11, 1963: left-to-right, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and George Martin We mark the birth on January 3, 1926 – 96 years ago today – of the English record producer, arranger, conductor, composer, audio engineer, and musician Sir George Martin,…

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Aaron Copland raking leaves at his home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1946

Dr. Bob Prescribes: Aaron Copland, Symphony No. 3

December 28th, 2021
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1906-1975) in 1942 Yesterday’s Music History Monday postmarked the 80th anniversary of the completion of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 on December 27, 1941. The utterly cinematic first movement of the symphony depicts a magnificent and lyric “landscape” gutted by a brutal invasion theme that grows from nothing to a vicious, overpowering,…

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) in his fireman’s garb, station on the roof of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory, 1941

Music History Monday: Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7

December 27th, 2021
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) in his fireman’s garb, stationed on the roof of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory, 1941 We mark the completion on December 27, 1941 – an even 80 years ago today – of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, the so-called “Leningrad Symphony.”  He had begun the symphony at home in Leningrad but completed…

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Frédéric François Chopin painted by his friend Eugene Delacroix in 1838

Dr. Bob Prescribes Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes

December 21st, 2021
Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849), painted by his friend Eugene Delacroix in 1838 Network television has traditionally served up certain types of programming at certain times of the day.  Non-stop cartoons for kids?  When I was growing up, that what Saturday mornings were all about.  Soap operas?  Traditionally broadcast on weekday afternoons before 3 pm, presumably…

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A happy pianist: Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) in 1971

Music History Monday: Arthur Rubinstein: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

December 20th, 2021
We mark the death on December 20, 1982 – 39 years ago today – of the Polish-born American pianist Arthur Rubinstein, at the age of 95. A happy pianist: Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) in 1971 Practicing the Piano Question: does anyone really like to practice the piano? Answer: believe it or not, yes. However, we’d observe…

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