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 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are rerunning a series of Songs of the Day dedicated to collaborative pianists by NYFOS co-founder Michael Barrett. This post originally ran on June 21, 2016. I once was criticised as having “played like a conductor”. Or so I thought. The critic said later “Oh no, I thought it was wonderful. Colorful, […]




 |  Michael Barrett

This week we are rerunning a week of Song of the Day dedicated to collaborative pianists by NYFOS co-founder Michael Barrett. This post originally ran on June 20, 2016. This week I want to focus on what we now call the “collaborative” pianist. I believe this is what student pianists now get degrees in from […]




 |  Steven Blier

This week we are re-sharing a week of posts from our first summer of Song of the Day! Today’s post by Steven Blier originally ran on July 24, 2015.  I am due to start my work on the Rachmaninoff project soon, and to give my mojo a jump-start I have been working on one of […]




 |  Steven Blier

This week we are re-sharing a week of posts from our first summer of Song of the Day! Today’s post by Steven Blier originally ran on July 23, 2015.  I have been listening obsessively to the late American soprano Teresa Stich-Randall this week (as one does). Her name came up during an email interview exchange […]




 |  Steven Blier

This week we are re-sharing a week of posts from our first summer of Song of the Day! Today’s post by Steven Blier originally ran on July 22, 2015. I am up to the “White Album” in my summer traversal of the Beatles songs. My feeling so far is that they reached their apex with “Revolver,” […]




 |  Steven Blier

This week we are re-sharing a week of posts from our first summer of Song of the Day! Today’s post by Steven Blier originally ran on July 21, 2015. Right now I am at Wolf Trap working on a concert devoted to the Rodgers clan—songs by Rodgers with both Hart and Hammerstein, along with music by […]




 |  Steven Blier

This week we are re-sharing a week of posts from our first summer of Song of the Day! Today’s post by Steven Blier originally ran on July 20, 2015. While the projects mentioned happened years ago, NYFOS looks forward to another exciting project with Julia Bullock this fall — stay tuned for details! My summer […]




 |  Michael Barrett

We revisit a week of Black American spirituals curated by Michael Barrett. This post originally ran on October 2, 2015. For my final choice of this week’s survey, I have a selection of six from the amazing Shirley Verrett in live concert from the 1960s. Ms. Verrett was a vocal force and a major Met […]




 |  Michael Barrett

We revisit a week of Black American spirituals curated by Michael Barrett. This post originally ran on October 1, 2015. Today’s song is “Let Us Break Bread Together” sung by Jessye Norman, with beautifully orchestrated accompaniment. Antonin Dvorak was an early champion of the Negro spiritual during his stay in New York (and Iowa) in the […]




 |  Michael Barrett

We revisit a week of Black American spirituals curated by Michael Barrett. This post originally ran on September 30, 2015. In our brief survey of the Black American Spiritual this week, we’ve heard from Marian Anderson and Mahalia Jackson. Let’s hear now from Robert McFerrin Sr. from 1957. Yes, this is Bobby McFerrin’s Dad. Two […]