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Barenboim is a great musician and humanist. So why are so many people afraid of him?

• 22.02.2018

Terre Thaemlitz doesn’t succumb to any scene.

, , • 30.03.2017

And that’s OK.

• 31.03.2017

Mahan Esfahani on piety and conservatism in early music.

• 26.07.2018

Bang on a Can, “Arthur,” and the avant-garde music meme factory.

, • 10.08.2017

The aesthetic campaigning of Against Modern Opera Productions.




Video of the Week

Internationaler Mozart Competition 2020

There is music all around you wherever you go in the City of Mozart, Salzburg: The Salzburg Festival, the Mozart Week of the International Mozarteum Foundation, the Easter and Whitsun Festivals, as well as the Mozarteum University Salzburg with widely acclaimed academic and artistic programs and the International Summer Academy. All of them regularly attract some of the world’s most renowned artist – many of whom laureates of the International Mozart Competition Salzburg.

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome many young artists from all over the world to Salzburg and can’t wait to discover new personalities in all their diversity. We hope you will enjoy meeting these extraordinary musicians from many different cultural backgrounds and will seize the opportunity to celebrate diversity united on one stage.

Whether you are participating or simply listening to some of the performances we want you to let beautiful music and the picturesque atmosphere of Salzburg enrapture you by joining this competition with its unique festival character


Audio of the Week

Jay Schwartz

“Tonus – Music for Orchestra VI,” a new piece by Jay Schwartz, who we profiled in 2018, makes an excellent accompaniment to thunderstorms. It distorts tonal harmonies with microtones in a way that makes your ears distrust them. Turn the headphones up.

Editor’s picks

• 02.11.2017

Are musicians becoming increasingly hostile towards the media?

• 04.01.2018

Writing on trans voices and New York visions.

• 29.03.2018

Meredith Monk translates biological process into a new language.

• 07.06.2018

Censorship, political correctness, and the legacy of “America’s Troubadour.”

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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20.06.2019 • 03:46

RT @AbstractTruth:Read @AlterAnthony on “The Loss and Rediscovery of Croatian Electroacoustic Music” in @vanmusicmag https://t.co/aNtxzzMzBf

19.06.2019 • 06:22

RT @ogiovetti:Since it's Juneteenth maybe now's a good time to stop using blackface in opera this is just an idea https://t.co/WFGyUZ7sqq

19.06.2019 • 03:43

RT @a_darraghkelly:looking through @vanmusicmag queer articles and someone says their new music erotic experience was watching… https://t.co/eQ49irscB6

19.06.2019 • 02:39

Happy pride month! Classical music is queer. https://t.co/IMK75tZtVB

18.06.2019 • 03:03

RT @AlterAnthony:I wrote about Croatian electroacoustic music through the decades and Višeslav Laboš's work at rediscovering it. https://t.co/Qce0s8YxBm


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