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A Minute with Miles

Illuminating 60-second flights through the world of classical music with host and longtime NPR commentator Miles Hoffman. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.

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  • One of the wonderful aspects of life as a musician: age differences among players don’t mean anything. What counts is what kind of person you are, and how you make music.
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    Professional opera singers often have to sing in languages with which they’re completely unfamiliar. And yet they’re expected to pronounce all the words correctly. How do they do it?
  • Like it or not, performers can’t help evaluating performance, especially in the cases of pieces we know or instruments we play.
  • It’s often easier to say what classical music is not, than to say what it is.
  • Most of what brass players do is done with the lips, and it’s invisible to us.
  • Chairs that are too low, too high, too hard, too slippery, or with seats tilted backward… they’re the bane of musicians’ existence.