The Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress has recently added much new material to its online trove. Above is a letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to “Felicia and Lennie,” dated January 1970 — some months before the appearance of Tom Wolfe’s repellent, reactionary hit-job on the Bernsteins.
US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and
Bob Dylan died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming. He also coined the term rhythm and blues while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s.
Earlier this week, the first set of artists to benefit from the 2018 PledgeMusic and PRS Foundation Emerging Artists Fund was announced. The eight diverse acts have displayed the talent, a burgeoning fan base and the ‘DIY’ drive to build a long-term career. We can’t wait for the launch of their PledgeMusic campaigns and to see what they do with the support that the fund provides. In anticipation, check out some of their previous releases by following the links below.
Following support slots with the likes of Fickle Friends and Clean Cut Kid, Middlesborough lads Cape Cub are using the fund to record and promote their brand new EP.
The Alt Folk/Americana Singer-Songwriter Emily Mae Winters will be using the fund to record her new album High Romance at Urchin Studios in December, after releasing critically acclaimed Siren Serenade in 2017.
Check out Siren Serenade on Spotify now.
F E L L is the performing and recording project of illustrator and teacher Nicholas Burrows. The London based Indie Creative will use the fund to complete the production and promotion of a new EP.
Download the album There Still Are Mysteries via Bandcamp now.
In less than a year Lazybones have built up a strong following in Brighton, selling out headline shows in some of the city’s most loved alternative venues. The Alt-Rock trio will be using the fund to complete the production and promotion of a new EP.
Watch the animated video to single ‘CRAZY’ on YouTube now.
Mansion of Snakes, an Afrobeat/Cosmic Jazz 12-piece from Leeds have already made waves with their behemoth live performance in venues and festivals nationwide. They will be using the fund to record and release a new album on vinyl and CD.
Check out their self-titled EP on Bandcamp now.
Following the independent release of two tracks and a collaboration with the DJ and music producer Ronika as part of Roundhouse Rising Sounds 2018, R&B/Soul Artist Marika will be using the fund to record and release three singles and music videos.
Check out Marika on Soundcloud now.
Leed’s Chipshop Pop trio PEAKES released their debut EP Space in late 2017 to critical acclaim and have since performed a live session for BBC Introducing Yorkshire, as well as sold out shows in their hometown. They will be using the fund to record their second EP.
Listen to debut EP Space via Spotify now.
Brighton’s Future Soul 4 piece Yakul have brought their fluid jazz style to venues, festivals and airwaves both locally and further afield. They will be using the fund to record and release a new EP, as well as write new music.
Watch a live session of ‘Realigned’ on YouTube now.
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Debussy Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone (1919)
Debussy had to be dragged kicking and screaming into completing the commission for saxophone he’d accepted from the American player Elisa Hall in 1903. After much procrastination, the composer sent Hall a draft of his Rapsodie in 1911… but with large gaps in it. He left it still unfinished at his death in 1918, at which point Jean Roger-Ducasse completed the ten-minute work for its debut the following year.
Musorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel, 1922)
In ‘The Old Castle’, the second of the Viktor Hartmann pictures in Musorgsky’s famous 1874 work for solo piano, a troubadour sings his mournful song in front of said castle. When Ravel arranged the work for orchestra in 1922, he allotted the role of the troubadour to the alto sax. Brilliantly imaginative, it captures the music’s mood to perfection.
Glazunov Saxophone Concerto (1934)
As with Elisa Hall, persistence paid off for saxophonist Sigurd Raschèr, who badgered Glazunov to write him a concerto. The Russian composer relented and the result – three short, pleasingly lyrical movements – was premiered by Raschèr himself in Sweden in November 1934. Glazunov himself almost certainly never heard it played in concert.
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (1935)
Little surprise that Prokofiev, a composer who was never averse to exploring the orchestra’s full range of colours, introduced the saxophone to its ranks on a few occasions. One was in his 1934 film score for Lieutenant Kijé, but the more famous instance is when, in the ballet Romeo and Juliet, a tenor sax is heard taking up the main tune of the ‘Dance of the Knights’, giving it a lighter, jauntier touch.
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 6 (1947)
A couple of minutes into the third movement of the Sixth Symphony – one of Vaughan Williams’s most snarlingly aggressive – a sinuous tenor sax is played against an accompaniment of snare drum and scurrying strings. It seems almost jazzy at first, but as its motif is repeated again and again before being taken up by the full orchestra, it starts to sound deeply unsettling.