Alex Ross writes about the fictional music of composers in literature. Here Ross describes the influence fictional music has had on real composers, the transformative power of music—in fiction and in life—and what music he hears when he imagines Marcel Proust’s haunting violin sonata.
Last week, fourteen lucky musicians won the privilege to play a rare instrument for three years. One of those instruments - a violin - has an unusual story. Owner Greg Cook told that story to Carol Off on As it Happens. Then, we’ll hear about how twenty-seven-year-old Daniel Seddiqui spent the last 50 weeks traveling across the 50 U.S. States and working 50 different jobs. Last week, he spoke with Carol Off while he was spending the final week of his vocational voyage in Napa.
K Ishibashi is a master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to layered singing to beatboxing, in order to create pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop. He brings that ingenuity and songcraft to the Tiny Desk at the NPR Music offices.