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• 05.04.2018

Stephen Wadsworth on writing words for Leonard Bernstein.

• 19.01.2017

An interview with Nabil Arbaain, a Syrian musician who fled Damascus.

• 28.06.2018

Finding the words for music and the people who make it.

• 20.12.2018

Classical music in the world’s next superpower.

• 09.06.2016

The Black tenors who’ve taken on the role of Otello.

, • 07.08.2019

There is no absolution in art or life. A dispatch from 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

• 03.08.2017

The musical realms of Elizabeth A. Baker.

• 08.10.2017

Like the artists and makers this week have done.

• 30.03.2017

The extremes of the baritone Georg Nigl.

, • 17.11.2016

Music for self-reflection and post-election blues.

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

Kampela on Ferneyhough’s “La terre est un homme” and other strange, beautiful music.

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

British musicians, including the composer Charlotte Bray, reckon with the triggering of Article 50.

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