Posts tagged ‘american music’

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012): Harmony and Ham

Ryan decided to take a break from Facebook this month, which means he didn’t find out about the sudden passing of composer Marvin Hamlisch in the typical manner. Rather than encounter a series of status updates and links to YouTube videos or obituaries, he happened upon the news while browsing headlines this morning. They inspired this post.

Continue Reading August 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm 1 comment

The Video that is not Little Richard as a Child Performer, or, How to Unfail Musicology One Post at a Time

Ryan Raul Bañagale responds to an intriguing email he received and current AMS discussions about the “failure” of musicology.

Continue Reading June 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm 33 comments

The Zodiac Suite by Mary Lou Williams

Ryan Banagale on a recent arrangement and performance of Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite.

Continue Reading January 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm 4 comments

Echoes of Ellington @ UT-Austin, Day #2

Ryan reviews day two of the Echoes of Ellington Conference at UT-Austin.

Continue Reading April 21, 2009 at 9:12 am

Echoes of Ellington @ UT-Austin, Day #1

Ryan Raul Bañagale reports on day 1 of UT-Austin’s “Echoes of Ellington” conference.

Continue Reading April 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

The Gershwin Prize(s)

Ryan Raul Bañagale blogs about Stevie Wonder receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last week. Its neither the first award in the name of Gershwin nor the first time that such a prize has resulted in the premiere of new music.

Continue Reading March 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm 2 comments

August Wilson and Musicology

Ryan Raul Bañagale spends part of Martin Luther King Day thinking about the work of August Wilson, fictionalized music history, its musicological potential.

Continue Reading January 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm 1 comment

Music as Currency

Ryan Raul Bañagale has a collection of state quarters and some of them are music related…

Continue Reading November 28, 2008 at 11:00 am 10 comments

Ryan’s Very Musicological Day

Do you ever have one of those musicological days that is really exciting to you, but don’t have anyone to share it with? Let’s be honest, sometimes (most times) what we have to say is only meaningful or helpful or amusing to other musicologists. Well, I recently had a day like that and it prompted this blog.

Continue Reading March 11, 2007 at 10:00 am 1 comment


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