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The Little Sparrow That Could

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

From Parisian street corners to the stage at Carnegie Hall, “the little sparrow” flew far from her humble beginnings. Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest discusses the colorful life and legacy of French singer Edith Piaf with the author of a new biography. Plus: The composer and lyricist behind hit musicials Wicked and Godspell, Stephen Schwartz, joins us to preview his first opera with a live performance. 

 

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Elliott Forrest

Edith Piaf: No Regrets

Edith Piaf’s recording of “Non, je ne regrette rien” inspired French Foreign Legion soldiers during the Algerian War—and it also inspired the title of the singer’s new biography, “No Regrets,” by Carolyn Burke. The author joins us to discuss the tale behind the music of “the little sparrow” and her own personal journey that led her to Edith’s story.

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In Studio: Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz is the composer and lyricist behind the hit musicals Wicked and Godspell. His first opera is Seance on a Wet Afternoon, based on a suspense novel adapted for the screen in 1964. In advance of its New York premiere at City Opera, Schwartz joins us with soprano Lauren Flanigan to preview an aria from Seance.

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Playlist: Edith Piaf + Stephen Schwartz

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist!

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Bill Callahan's Apocalypse

On Your Record Release Radar: Bill Callahan

The Austin, Texas singer songwriter Bill Callahan, who recorded as Smog until a few years ago, released his latest album Apocalypse on Tuesday. Read WNYC's interview with Callahan here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Telekinesis

The last time Michael Benjamin Lerner did a recording session for Soundcheck, it was in a back alley near the South by Southwest music festival. But on a recent visit to WNYC's studios, Lerner played songs from his second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Watch a video of his performance of "50 Ways" here.

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