Jennifer Gersten

Jennifer Gersten is a freelance writer and musician.

Jennifer Gersten appears in the following:

Giving Classical the Boot(leg): A Brief History of Illicit Recording

Friday, February 09, 2018

For certain music enthusiasts, of all concert souvenirs, the bootleg recording is the most covetable. Jennifer Gersten traces the impact of unauthorized recordings in classical music.
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It Takes Two: Five Great Piano and Violin Duos

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

On Wednewday, Feb. 7, WQXR broadcasts Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk’s Carnegie Hall recital. Their musical camaraderie got us thinking about some of music’s other great violin-piano duos.
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Beethoven's Dinner with Haydn and Other Tales of Classical Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The great composers of classical music celebrated Christmas just like us. Here are some classical tales of Christmas past.
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The Sound of Sirens

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jennifer Gersten examines the musicality of sirens from around the world.
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The Beat Goes On: A Short History of the Metronome

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Beethoven was the first composer to give his pieces metronome markings, and even pledged to do away with indicating such indefinite tempi as “allegretto.” 
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4 More Unplayable Works (That Were Eventually Played)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Jennifer Gersten shares four pieces of music that were written intentionally to be near impossible to play.
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Toy Pianos Aren’t Playing Around

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jennifer Gersten examines the history of the toy piano.
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Are Catgut Instrument Strings Really Made From Cat Guts? The Answer Might Surprise You

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jennifer Gersten writes about the history of gut strings for instruments.
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How Classical Arrangements in the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Changed Pop Music

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jennifer Gersten interviews musicologist Alan Pollack about the Beatles seminal work “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and its classical arrangements.
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A Brief History of Circus Music

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Mostly composed in the 20th century, traditional circus music draws from rags, waltzes, marches and other dance accompaniments.
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Mahler vs. Marimba (or the Night the Music Stopped)

Monday, May 01, 2017

Jennifer Gersten was in attendance at the New York Philharmonic concert in 2012 when the so-called 'Ringtone Incident' occured. She shares her memories of the experience.
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History of Muzak: Where Did All The Elevator Music Go?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The story behind Muzak's use of pseudo-science to influence consumers and workers and how its empire collapsed.
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The Moog Synthesizer's Dynamic Musical History

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Electronic musical instrument founder Robert Moog believed that electronic music posed no threat to preexisting musical forms like the symphony. In fact, he saw it as complementary.
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8 Unusual Music Duets You Might Have Missed

Monday, March 27, 2017

The musical duo is a relationship like any other. Here are 8 videos of unusual duets that will entertain you.
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11 Awkward Album Covers from the '80s — Classical Edition

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The ’80s were a time of wonderfully awkward fashions and album covers. The classical recording business was not immune to these trends. Check out this list of some of our favorites.
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You’ve Heard This One Before: When Classical Composers Use Samples

Monday, March 13, 2017

In music, the tradition of “sampling,” or using fragments of others’ recorded work, is time-honored. Here are some classical composers that have done so.
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Create Your Alternative Wedding With Classical Music

Monday, March 06, 2017

If you’re planning on tying the knot this spring, consider slipping some of these alternative classical and jazz suggestions into your wedding.
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Probing the Page Turner’s Plight in the Digital Age

Sunday, February 26, 2017

In performance, the page turner is the pianist's shadow. Here are five videos that capture the existential predicament page turners can find themselves in.
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The Uses and Abuses of Pachelbel’s Canon

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

With the music well over 300 years old, you might feel we’ve run out of ways to keep it fresh. From the film "Ordinary People" to more recent examples, Pachelbel's Canon is never far.
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