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• 30.11.2017

An interview with Jean Rondeau.

• 30.03.2017

An interview with the composer Ashley Fure.

• 08.03.2018

Simon Steen-Andersen puts transformation on display.

• 29.03.2018

Peter Ablinger on creating texture.

• 14.04.2016

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

• 05.10.2017

Remembering Klaus Huber.


Video of the Week

Aretha Franklin

Imagine that Pavarotti had actually felt well enough to give his scheduled performance of “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 GRAMMY’s. It’s likely that nothing remarkable would have happened, Pavarotti probably would have received an obligatory-but-milquetoast standing ovation, and the world would have moved on. But that’s not what happened. Instead, we, the undeserving, were gifted this monstrous performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It is simultaneously a flawless rendition and a giant “screw-you” to anyone who thinks genre distinctions make something like this impossible. Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.


Audio of the Week

Jay Schwartz

When Jay Schwartz comes out with a new piece, it’s time to drop everything and listen. Here’s his 2018 “Music for String Quartet,” and here’s our profile of him from the winter.

Editor’s picks

• 28.04.2016

Scoring Hong Kong film and arranging Harry Partch.

• 13.10.2016

An interview with the composer Sarah Nemtsov, a winner of RicordiLab.

• 17.03.2016

Dr. Joanne Loewy, director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, on the pitfalls of the audition process.

• 15.09.2016

The mixes of the electroacoustic composer Carl Stone.


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20.08.2018 • 10:40

RT @AbstractTruth:Read @alexrossmusic’s great take on Music After the Fall and then read my interview from last year with TRJ… https://t.co/K2mfrcwzJG

17.08.2018 • 03:20

RT @freshsqzdopera:*whips out list and a pencil, begins checking off gestures* https://t.co/zit4t8R9CP

17.08.2018 • 01:27

How many of these did you see at the last opera you went to? https://t.co/YAc0Gq2xhU

16.08.2018 • 08:29

RT @RobertGreer90:Now I am increasingly owned by @TfL I look back fondly at January, when underground travel was still an alien Clock… https://t.co/d40mIIoCuE




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