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PbS newshour: How Mozart summed up the universe in three notes: Composer Robert Kapilow interviewed by Jeffery Brown. There's that quote (from Ezra Pound) : Genius is the capacity to see 10 things where the ordinary man sees one.
On this day nearly six decades ago, "West Side Story" premiered on Broadway. And the music of the Sharks and the Jets, and star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria is as vibrant as it was in 1957.
Saturday will mark the 183rd birthday of the celebrated German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms. A complicated and utterly self-guarded man, Brahms liked to claim that his music didn't flow from his heart, but the soulful and passionate nature of his compositions tells another tale.
Composer Camille Saint-Saëns would have celebrated his 181st birthday on Sunday. During his lifetime, he was one of the world's most famous composers. Today he is best known for his "Carnival of the Animals," a legacy he would have found hard to swallow; Saint-Saëns wrote the pieces as a joke for a Mardi Gras party.
The sophisticated rhymes and erudite imagery of Cole Porter's lyrics made him one of the nation's preeminent songsmiths. But an overlooked element of Porter's legacy is the music underlying those lyrics, which Rob Kapilow argues is essential to understanding the work's genius.
"White Christmas," the holiday classic penned by Irving Berlin and most famously crooned by Bing Crosby, helped to create the very idea of the American holiday we hold dear today. Composer and pianist Rob Kapilow joins Jeffrey Brown to examine the song that became the best-selling single of all time.
Composer Rob Kapilow shared his rendition of "Summertime" with the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown.
Music composer and commentator Rob Kapilow enthusiastically takes apart the version of "Angels We Have Heard On High" by the a cappella group Pentatonix, on "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" from WAMU 88.5 in Washington, on Dec. 15, 2014.
Composer, conductor and commentator Robert Kapilow identifies what makes several well-known song introductions so great. Kapilow reviewed Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven, Eminem's Sing For The Moment, Handel's Messiah and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. He says anything that's great art changes our sense of what's possible in the universe.