From the Top

O'Riley's Watery Reflections

From the Top host Christopher O'Riley plays one of Claude Debussy's most impressionistic piano pieces—"Reflections in the Water." It's from a set called "Images" written by Debussy in 1905.

O'Riley's Watery Reflections

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Teen Accordionist Cured by Break Dancing

Samuel Thomas placed first at the U.S. National Accordion Competition, but a few years ago, he suffered muscle injuries. "My mom took me to a bunch of doctors who all wanted to cut me up," Samuel recalls. Instead, she enrolled him in break dancing classes, and the pain went away. Samuel plays "Chopin's Nightmare" by Joe Spano.

Teen Accordionist Cured by Break Dancing

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Pre-Teen Fiddler Enjoys Competition

Eleven-year-old Mindy Chen's very first violin was an empty cereal box attached to a ruler. Then, at age four she started Suzuki lessons and two years later she won her first violin competition. Mindy plays "Romanza Andalusa" by Pablo de Sarasate.

Pre-Teen Fiddler Enjoys Competition

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Teen Cellist Forced to Downsize

Marvin Brown wanted to play the double bass. "I liked it because it was big and kind of macho," Marvin recalls. But his bus driver wouldn't allow such a large instrument on board. So Marvin downsized one step smaller to the cello. He plays "Salut d'Amour" by Edward Elgar.

Teen Cellist Forced to Downsize

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'Fantasia' Fuels a Piano Fantasy

As a youngster, pianist Clare Yeo heard Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in the movie Fantasia 2000. "I thought to myself, 'I'm going to play that one day!'" A native of Singapore, Clare studies piano through the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. She plays music from Romeo & Juliet by Prokofiev.

'Fantasia' Fuels a Piano Fantasy

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Teen Quintet Forms at Juilliard

Five friends in the pre-college division at the Juilliard School in New York recently formed the Juilliard Piano Quintet. One of their first projects was to tackle the well-known Quintet in A major by Dvorak. "We don't want to make it boring by just banging it out," says violinist Betty Zhou. "I think Dvorak was trying to show that music shouldn't be confined," adds violist Daniel Hedinger. The Quintet plays Dvorak's opening movement.

Teen Quintet Forms at Juilliard

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World Cafe

Tim Finn: Timeless and Time-Tested

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Finn has been writing charming, piano-driven pop and rock music for nearly three decades, both as a solo act and as leader of the new-wave/art-rock band Split Enz. Hear an interview with the New Zealander, as well as in-studio performances of his new songs.

Tim Finn in Studio on World Cafe - 05/29/2007

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Martin Sexton: Accessible and Emotional

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For nearly 20 years, Sexton has channeled his love of soulful folk, blues, rock and pop music into songs that recall the work of Van Morrison and Otis Redding. Sexton's new album Seeds mixes country blues, '60s pop and gentle folk.

Martin Sexton: Accessible and Emotional

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Music

John Proulx on Piano Jazz

The jazz scene is abuzz about singer/pianist/composer John Proulx. His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth mellow sounds of Chet Baker. He shows off his compositional skills, performing his own tune, "Stuck in a Dream with Me." Hear the performance.

John Proulx in studio on Piano Jazz

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The Tragically Hip: Bare-Bones Rock 'n' Roll

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After nearly 25 years, the Canadian band continues to thrive, thanks in part to its live shows. Still, the group remains on the relative outskirts of the U.S. music scene, despite stardom at home. Hear an interview with The Tragically Hip, plus songs performed live in the studio.

The Tragically Hip in Studio on World Cafe - 05/24/2007

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