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• 16.08.2018

What would singers do without them?

• 12.04.2018

After 100 issues of VAN, revisit the articles that started it all.

• 28.09.2017

Ton Koopman on life and his hero Buxtehude.

• 22.02.2018

On “Somnium” and hypnagogic hallucinations.

• 05.01.2017

Does a composer’s country matter?

• 08.12.2016

On the future of the Archivio Luigi Nono.




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

, • 10.05.2018

Jessica Cottis is always leading.

• 07.07.2016

Hold music and dance music with the choreographer Mark Morris.

• 26.07.2018

Transcendence and frustration, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

, • 10.08.2017

The aesthetic campaigning of Against Modern Opera Productions.

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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11.08.2019 • 02:19

RT @tedgioia:Columbia Journalism Review looks at the changes going on in classical music criticism. https://t.co/FwHyquZti3

09.08.2019 • 02:55

RT @SchleppyNabucco:There is no absolution in art or life. A dispatch from Bayreuth. https://t.co/Gtfjj7GXcU

09.08.2019 • 12:25

RT @Bergique:"The difficulties faced by first-generation musicians overlap, but are harder to unravel. They play themselves out… https://t.co/kEbPNRb78H


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