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Anniversaries: Johann Sebastian Bach Born 330 Years Ago on March 21, 1685

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) never left Germany but became internationally respected by his peers during his lifetime and a symbol of pure musicianship for future generations. A virtuoso organist, harpsichordist, and violinist/violist who may have also played lute, as a composer his mastery of counterpoint and fugal writing remain unmatched, yet he was also open to the influences of contemporary Italian and French composers.

Born into a highly musical family in Eisenach, Germany, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt in 1703 at the age of 18. His first major appointment was as court organist to Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar, in 1708; six years later the Duke made him Concertmaster. In 1717 Bach became Kapellmeister and music director to the music-loving Prince Leopold of Anhalt in Cöthen, where Bach wrote much of his greatest secular music. Bach's duties switched to writing choral and organ music for use in church services
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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)

Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.

Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?

Check out the Full list of winners, below.

Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me

Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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Grammys 2013: Full winners list

The 55th Grammy Awards have arrived, and music's biggest night promises a ton of trophies, and hopefully some great live performances by today's hottest acts. Who has the best record of 2012? How about the year's best new artist? Stick with Zap2it throughout the night, as we continue updating the list of this year's winners!

All of the award categories are below, with the winners in bold.

Record of the Year"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson"We Are Young" by Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye, featuring Kimbra"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

Album of the Year"El Camino" by The Black Keys"Some Nights" by Fun."Babel" by Mumford & Sons"Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean"Blunderbuss" by Jack White

Song of the Year
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A Late Quartet,” which opens on Nov. 2, 2012 in Chicago and is rated “R,” also stars Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, Wallace Shawn, Mark Ivanir, Madhur Jaffrey, Liraz Charhi, Marty Krzywonos, Megan McQuillan, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jasmine Hope Bloch, Rebeca Tomas, Nina Lee and Cristian Puig from writer and director Yaron Zilberman and writer Seth Grossman.

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Anniversaries: Mahler Premiered His Third Symphony 110 Years Ago

Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor is his longest, a six-movement ode to Nature and the World. It includes a children's choir and a contralto soloist but is largely instrumental, using a quite large orchestra complete with posthorn, harps, English horn, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, bass trombones, and a lot more brass than usual. Mahler's nature is not exclusively a calm pastoral scene -- it's stormy, uneasy, sometimes threatening, with mysterious rustling and twittering, yet with rays of sunlight cutting through the shadows at times.

This work had a long and confusing path from conception to completion. Mahler wrote movements II through VI in the summer of 1895. The following year, he worked on a first movement, weaving in elements of the movements he’d written in '95. That movement kept growing and growing -- at least a half an hour long, by itself it as long as all of Beethoven's First Symphony.
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Watch Elvis Costello's Late Night performance with the Roots

Being a latter-day Elvis Costello fan is a test of patience. Between rock albums like 2008's solid Momofuku, he releases genre experiments (jazz, country, classical) and unexpected collaborations (Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, Anne Sofie von Otter) that sometimes work and often don't. But last night's appearance with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon falls into the former category — it's one of Costello's best performances in years. As part of Fallon's week-long tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Costello and The Roots covered the Boss's "Brilliant Disguise" and "Fire," now with a terrific reggae beat. After he's given us this set, we'll cut Elvis some slack the next time he indulges himself with a string quartet. Previously, Springsteen and Costello sang "London Calling" together in tribute to Joe Strummer. Also, "Pretty Woman," because why [...]
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Anniversaries: Mozart's Requiem Premiered at His Funeral 220 Years Ago

On December 10, 1791, after Mozart had died five days earlier at age 35, there was a memorial service in Vienna, and for the first time some of his Requiem was performed. It was not noted then what parts were played, but H.C. Robbins Landon, who has studied the Requiem completion in some depth and made his own edition, makes the obvious nomination: the movements that Mozart had largely completed, the Introit (Requiem aeternam), which was fully finished, and the Kyrie, for which Mozart had written all the vocal parts and the basso continuo, and which thus needed only the orchestration, which was accomplished at least well enough for that first performance by Franz Jakob Freystädtler (a student of Mozart's) doubling the choral parts with instrumentation, while another student of Mozart's, Franz Xaver Sűssmayr, composed original parts for trumpets and timpani.

Jan Swafford recently wrote, "Like most composers of the Enlightenment,
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Your next box set – Glyndebourne: Comedy and Tragedy

From Carmen to The Miserly Knight, this collection of five Glyndedourne operas has something to suit most tastes

This collection of five recent operas at Glyndebourne is not a greatest hits exactly: some of the biggest successes at the world famous East Sussex venue in recent years, such as David McVicar's Bollywood take on Handel's Giulio Cesare, are conspicuous by their absence. But there's still something here for most operatic tastes: Carmen, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus – as well as a double bill of one-acters, one of which, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, contains one of the most famous of all operatic lollipops, O Mio Babbino Caro; while the other, The Miserly Knight, Rachmaninov's dour adaptation of a Pushkin novella, is a rarity by any standards.

As a production, the Schicchi is probably the pick of the bunch, a finely sprung piece of comic clockwork that never misses a trick as it's unwound by director Annabel Arden.
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2011 Grammy winners: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire win big

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The 2011 Grammy Awards were big for the ladies -- country trio Lady Antebellum took home the most awards with five, while Lady Gaga earned three. Eminem had two honors, but Alternative Rock group Arcade Fire won the coveted Album of the Year.

Here is the full list of winners:

Album Of The Year

The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire

Recovery -- Eminem

Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum

The Fame Monster -- Lady Gaga

Teenage Dream -- Katy Perry

Record Of The Year

"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem Featuring Rihanna

"Forget You" -- Cee Lo Green

"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-z & Alicia Keys

"Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist

Justin Bieber


Florence & The Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year

"Beg Steal Or Borrow" -- Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray Lamontagne And The
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Play > Skip: New Music for Oct. 26

Play > Skip: New Music for Oct. 26
This Halloween week, the Big Music Machine offers up the scary and the sweet. The cast of "Glee" do the time warp, Sean Lennon goes acoustic, Bryan Ferry comes close to a Roxy Music reunion, Anne Sofie von Otter and Brad Mehldau fall in love, and Madlib's medicine show makes a stop at a '60s soul party. Play: "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" I'll admit that I wanted to hate this. "Glee" fatigue is setting in for me, and Tuesdays are starting to feel like karaoke night. But the '70s "Rocky Horror" stage play and film are the perfect "Glee" karaoke mix. Plus, it beats seeing them sucking lollipops in GQ magazine. Play: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, "Acoustic Sessions" Sean Lennon and his model girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl made their debut as a musical duo in 2008 at Radio City Hall....
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