Nothing Compares to Prince

The music world continues to mourn Prince, who died on April 21 at the young age of 57. The diminutive purple icon was a mad musical scientist who took James Brown and Jimi Hendrix into his lab and concocted something uniquely and unforgettably fabulous. Prince fans come from all walks of life, and he entered […]

A Farewell to Gunther Schuller

Guest post by Loras John Schissel, Music Division Gunther Schuller died on Sunday and the world feels lighter. Through example and through tough love he made us: listen more carefully listen and judge more democratically not accept second-rate or second-best celebrate our American “musics” I can imagine Gunther Schuller being greeted by a long line […]

Remembering 20th Century Masters Henri Dutilleux & Harold Shapero

In recent months we have lost several icons from different aspects of twentieth century and contemporary culture, such as legendary film critic Roger Ebert (d. April 4, 2013) and British conductor Sir Colin Davis (d. April 14, 2013). In the month of May the classical music world grieved two beloved composers, Henri Dutilleux (January 22, […]

George Jones (1931-2013)

In the Muse was saddened to learn that classic country singer George Jones died today. The 81-yr old performer was in the process of completing what was to be his farewell concert tour. George Glenn Jones was born in 1931 inSaratoga,Texas.  His early career reads like something out of American myth.  When Jones turned 16 he […]

In Memory of Patty Andrews and the Andrews Sisters

The following is a guest post co-authored by Music Archivist Chris Hartten and Senior Music Specialist Mark Horowitz. There is a history of women’s singing groups being representative of their eras: the Boswell Sisters in the ‘30s, Dianna Ross and the Supremes in the ‘60s, Destiny’s Child in the ‘90s. But no group seemed to […]

Richard Robbins Not Forgotten

Last week the Music Division learned that American film composer Richard Robbins (1940-2012) had passed away earlier this month of Parkinson’s disease. Robbins, a well-respected composer, made his mark on late 20th-century/early 21st-century film music, having composed for dozens of films and earning two Academy Award nominations in his career. He is survived by his […]