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• 24.11.2016

The composer Kaija Saariaho prepares for the Metropolitan Opera’s historic production of “L’Amour de Loin.”

• 15.09.2016

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

• 21.06.2018

Listening to Simon Rattle’s goodbye concert in Berlin.

, , • 15.11.2018

Memories of Galina Ustvolskaya.

• 24.11.2016

On the effort performers put into looking effortless.

• 30.03.2017

What music says about the history of colonialism in Brazil.




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.


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

• 04.08.2016

An interview with the composer and sound artist Lisa R. Coons.

• 09.11.2017

A visual approach to the art of music.

• 18.08.2016

Procrastination and the search for simplicity with the composer Natalie Draper.

• 16.11.2017

Each have their role in the artistic process, and in issue #80.

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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International Telekom Beethoven Competition
Orchestra final

The 8th International Telekom Beethoven Competition will conclude with the orchestra finale at the Telekom Forum Bonn. Together with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the three finalists will interpret one of Beethoven’s piano concertos under the direction of General Music Director Dirk Kaftan. Which piano concertos will be heard, however, will be decided shortly before the finale: all participating pianists will prepare two piano concertos. But which work is interpreted by which finalist is decided by lot…

The Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, for young pianists, pursues two central objectives: It is primarily dedicated to promoting young talent and contributes to keeping Ludwig van Beethoven’s great legacy alive and active in his hometown of Bonn.