Tom Huizenga http://wmot.org en Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz http://wmot.org/post/pet-sounds-npr-music-critter-quiz From as far back as we can tell, music makers have been inspired by the flora and especially the fauna around us. From tooting tunes on actual <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090624-bone-flute-oldest-instrument.html">animal horns and bones</a>, to musical portraits of creatures <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZAGLJtj5RU">large</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQhEtF29O3I">small</a>, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:31:32 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37614 at http://wmot.org Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://wmot.org/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:36:57 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37401 at http://wmot.org A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler http://wmot.org/post/wig-out-big-bach-puzzler <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a>, with his big white wig, might stand as the "supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music," as musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky says. But the composer, organist, choirmaster and teacher could also be surprisingly witty and irreverent. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:21:53 +0000 Tom Huizenga 36240 at http://wmot.org Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 http://wmot.org/post/robert-ashley-operas-misunderstood-innovator-dies-83 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQBpire6jhw</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:00:47 +0000 Tom Huizenga 35499 at http://wmot.org Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos' http://wmot.org/post/first-listen-augustin-hadelich-sibelius-ad-s-violin-concertos Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/278486464/augustin-hadelich" target="_blank">Augustin Hadelich</a>, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:44:05 +0000 Tom Huizenga 35447 at http://wmot.org First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'