Tom Huizenga http://whqr.org en The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://whqr.org/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 58731 at http://whqr.org The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler http://whqr.org/post/la-marseillaise-unmasked-bastille-day-puzzler "The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/06/13/321696397/join-a-nationwide-performance-of-the-national-anthem" target="_blank">attention it's been getting</a> is again a reminder of how <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvQ5hZadFok" target="_blank">difficult it is</a> for many Americans to sing our national anthem.<p>Not so for the French, who have <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mW8D0UNyLk" target="_blank">"La Marseillaise,"</a> composed by Claude Joseph de Lisle in 1792 as the French Revolution was in ful Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 58028 at http://whqr.org 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 http://whqr.org/post/voice-velvet-and-bronze-carlo-bergonzi-90 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94e1ARaqJx8</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57914 at http://whqr.org A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler http://whqr.org/post/best-songs-year-so-far-puzzler The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57442 at http://whqr.org Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert http://whqr.org/post/tracy-silverman-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/06/12/154835249/conducting-business-crowdfunding-classical-music" target="_blank">Tracy Silverman</a> has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57269 at http://whqr.org Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler http://whqr.org/post/sounds-summer-night-puzzler Summer has officially breezed in with not only longer days but also sultry nights. There's something about summer nights that inspires composers — perhaps a certain stillness in the air or the allure of a new romance. To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in this nocturnal puzzler dedicated to musical snapshots of warm summer evenings. Score high and turn the air conditioner up a notch. Score low and sweat it out till morning. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56965 at http://whqr.org Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz http://whqr.org/post/2014-world-cup-anthems-quiz In case you've been hiding under a rock (or a patch of AstroTurf), there's a little sporting event underway that has much of the world glued to the television. As the <a href="http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html" target="_blank">2014 World Cup</a> blasts into its second week, 32 teams (in groups of four, lettered A-H) continue to battle it out in Brazil.<p>Before each game begins, one important custom must be observed — the singing of each team's national anthem. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56654 at http://whqr.org The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks http://whqr.org/post/concerto-400-year-old-recipe-still-cooks The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56392 at http://whqr.org The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler http://whqr.org/post/composer-sphinx-richard-strauss-puzzler Music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15870129/richard-strauss" target="_blank">Richard Strauss </a>is heard in symphony halls and opera houses across the world. He needs little help to boost his considerable fame. Yet 150 years after his birth, the German composer remains an enigma to some classical music fans and a polarizing figure for others. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56334 at http://whqr.org The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler http://whqr.org/post/i-hear-bells-npr-music-wedding-puzzler Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.<p>Music has long been an essential ingredient in weddings, from ushering brides down aisles to celebrating happy couples with dancing. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56265 at http://whqr.org I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler