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• 21.06.2018

Giving music a close read.

• 15.03.2018

Issue #96 focuses on process.

• 07.06.2018

The composer is the boss.

• 20.07.2017

Orientalism and a plea for humanity in “The Land of Smiles.”

• 22.02.2018

Craig Urquhart remembers his life with the conductor and composer.

• 30.03.2017

A new production of Robert Ashley’s “Dust.”

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Video of the Week

Galina Ustvolskaya

Ustvolskaya might be the only composer whose music is truly suited to our present moment. It is angry, thrilling, and resists any hit of patriotism. (Happy July 4th, by the way!) This documentary is special for the time it gives us with the composer herself: on a walk in nature, at home in her apartment, heading to church. “They’re still filming us,” she says of the documentary crew. “They’re doing that all the time.”

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Audio of the Week

Perfect Pitch

You can’t really learn perfect pitch. But editor Jeffrey Arlo Brown got sold on the idea by a tacky website anyway. His journey comes to an end in episode 6. (The series begins here.)

Editor’s picks

• 26.04.2018

Is a popular perfect pitch course a revelation or a scam?

• 17.11.2016

Classical musicians respond to the election.

• 03.08.2017

A haunting new “Meistersinger” at Bayreuth.

• 24.05.2016

A conversation with the cellist Jan Vogler on the rise of Pegida in Dresden.

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