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In case you missed it

• 06.07.2017

Why that matters in issue #63.

• 03.08.2017

The musical realms of Elizabeth A. Baker.

• 15.09.2016

Bibliophilia, secrecy, Valium, and the world’s most important collection of contemporary music manuscripts.

• 16.06.2016

Herbert von Karajan and Arthur Honegger’s “Symphonie Liturgique.”

• 11.08.2016

Early music specialist Reinhard Goebel still knows best.

• 15.12.2016

Janáček’s “Jenůfa” and the politics of forgiveness.


Video of the Week

A Libretto by Wolfgang Hildesheimer

In issue #83, Volker Hagedorn revisits the work of writer and Mozart biographer Wolfgang Hildesheimer. Perhaps Hildesheimer’s unique understanding of music was informed by his hands-on work with it; he wrote the libretto for this opera “Das Ende einer Welt” (“The End of a World”) by Hans Werner Henze, who also narrates the words in the performance.


Audio of the Week

More of the Same

If you think Zack Ferriday’s experience of listening to a single movement of Mozart for three and a half hours was a fluke, try this: two hours of just “Gymnopédie No. 1” repeated over and over.

Editor’s picks

• 22.06.2017

George Lewis on opera, genre, and race.

• 10.08.2017

New initiatives and resistance to them, in issue #68.

• 21.09.2017

Alice Goodman defends her libretto to “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

• 09.11.2017

“The Mother of Us All” at Hudson Hall.




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