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• 21.07.2016

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• 28.09.2017

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How Berlin and techno saved Joshua Fineberg.

• 09.11.2017

A visual approach to the art of music.

• 10.08.2018

Do we still need Bayreuth?

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Video of the Week

The Complete 555 Domenico Scarlatti Harpsichord Sonatas

A person who attempts to listen to all of Scarlatti’s 550 harpsichord sonatas may come to feel that they all eventually become indistinguishable. Enter the glorious literalism of the internet: here is each piece played at the same time, in the version of Scott Ross, resulting in a texture that commenters compare to Penderecki, Messiaen, Ligeti, Merzbow, and Metal Machine Music. Allow us one more analogy: this is the musical version of Soylent, compressing a composer’s life work into an oddly compelling beige/gray smoothie sludge.

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Audio of the Week

“Losing Touch,” by Edmund Campion

“Losing Touch,” by the American composer Edmund Campion, a student of Gérard Grisey, has something of his mentor’s pristine microtonal rigor, combined with the West Coast influences of Harry Partch. Performed on vibraphone here by Fernando Rocha.

Editor’s picks

• 08.03.2018

Deeply personal essays on performing.

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Would Pierre Boulez have approved of the Pierre Boulez Saal?

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The “Dead Girls” of Opera.

• 23.08.2018

What happened to an entire generation of promising composers?

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“When you follow Ferneyhough, well, you are going to be alone with your music.”

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