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This Day In Music: In 1922, The New York Philharmonic is on the Air

Classicalalmanac.com reports that on this day in 1922 a The New York Philharmonic concert was broadcast for the first time.

The program was on WJZ and the venue was Lewisohn Stadium, which was on the campus of The City College of New York. Works were by Dvorák, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Rimksy-Korsakov, Brahms and Gluck. The conductor was Willem van Hoogstraten.

The item doesn’t say what pieces were performed. Above, the orchestra, with Sarah Chang on violin, performs Mendelssohn “Violin Concerto, Movement 2.” The image of somebody turning knobs on a box and somehow hearing music, a ball game, news or anything else — especially for people in the middle of nowhere — still is striking, even all these years later.

(Homepage photo: Morgueguinne)

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

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Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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