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WEEKLY DIGEST | 10/30/2017
News, Research, & Opinion

 
  FEATURE  
 
THE LEGACY OF FATS DOMINO

Rock n' Roll's Crucial, Underappreciated Architect
Billboard: Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With the passing of Fats Domino, there's no denying the fact that the musical giant is one of the artists who created rock n' roll.

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  RESEARCH AND OPINION  
 

Musicians Have Superior Memories
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
A new meta-study finds they out-perform non-musicians on memory tasks, including the critical ability to retain and process information.

Is There a Distinctly American Orchestral String Sound?

The Strad: Charlotte Smith
During the 20th century, American orchestras earned a reputation for their technical brilliance and forthright tone, but could such a cultural melting pot ever produce a national way of playing?

Think You Can't Sing? Science Doesn't Believe You

Ludwig van Toronto: Anya Wassenberg
I’m tone deaf. I can’t sing. It’s usually accompanied by a smile or laugh, but the message is both clear and absolute. And wrong.

Music Publishers Want to Create a Comprehensive Song Database – 15 Years Too Late

Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Last week, the largest music publishers in the world disclosed plans to create a centralized song database.  Seriously?

The Return of Mid-Century American Symphonies

The New Yorker: Russell Platt
Works by David Diamond, William Schuman, and Jacob Druckman recall an America that no longer exists.

 
  NATIONAL  
 

Yo-Yo Ma Steps Down from Silkroad Ensemble
The Strad
Directorship of artistic melting pot will be passed to a trio of current musicians: Jeffrey Beecher, Nicholas Cords, and Shane Shanahan.

Wu Han and David Finckel’s Chamber Music Odyssey (Part 1)

San Francisco Voice: Mark MacNamara
The principles are unchanging: you court patrons, trust the audience, deliver excellence, and remain flexible.

The Met Opera’s Quest to Balance Old and New is Literally 24/7

Fast Company: KC Ifeanyi
At Fast Company’s third annual Innovation Festival, Gelb gave an inside look at how he’s tackling the persistent challenge of making opera more accessible to a mainstream audience.

America’s Pop Artists are Frightened

Pacific Standard: Emily Moon
Now artists from Britney Spears to Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan are putting an extra 0.25 to 1 percent of their profits toward terrorism and political violence coverage, which pays an artist for shows canceled specifically in the event of a threat or attack.

100 Years Ago: Heifetz’s US Debut at Carnegie Hall

The Strad: Dario Sarlo
The Carnegie Hall recital sealed the 16-year-old’s reputation as an astonishing and unruffled performer, set a new bar for violin playing and led to a season full of engagements and a recording contract.

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 

4 Million People Visit Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in First Year
The Local (Germany)
It’s been less than a year since the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s most recent large-scale project, but the elaborate concert venue has clearly been a big hit already.

Opera in the Living Room: an Old Tradition Sees Restoration in Italy

Christian Science Monitor: Sara Miller Llana
Opera is a serious pastime in the birthplace of world famous composer Verdi. But to increase accessibility, performances are being held in private homes.

UK Music Teachers Struggle to Maintain Income

Arts Professional
A report by the Musicians’ Union warns instrument teaching could become an unviable career because of growing contractual and pay-related problems.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 

Spotify on course to hit 550M users and a $100BN valuation, says GP Bullhound
Music Business Worldwide: Tim Ingham
If you thought the now-infamous Goldman Sachs report on music streaming was optimistic, you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s probably worth mentioning that GP Bullhound, like Goldman Sachs before it, is an investor in Spotify.

Using Innovative Programs to Stimulate Innovative Listening

The Strad: Hugo Ticciati
Violinist Hugo Ticciati lays out the programming philosophy which governs his O/Modernt festival.

Breaking: Billboard will *NOT* Incorporate YouTube Into its Official Chart

Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Sorry, YouTube.  Billboard doesn’t want you in its official album chart.

 
  OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL  
 

The Beat Goes On: A Short History of the Metronome
NPR
The tenacious timepiece seems to have ticked through time immemorial, but its form and application to musical life were hundreds of years in the making, beginning with the 16th-century scientist Galileo’s discovery of the pendulum’s isochromism.

 
 

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