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• 02.11.2017

An interview with Du Yun.

• 11.05.2017

What musicians listened to during the runoff between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

• 16.11.2017

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

• 23.08.2018

What happened to an entire generation of promising composers?

• 05.10.2017

And figuratively, in issue #74.

, • 18.01.2018

A satire, a lawsuit, and a thin-skinned violinist.




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

• 08.10.2017

Three radicals in issue #75.

• 14.04.2016

Improvisation with family as a cure for orchestral burnout.

, • 12.05.2016

The prevailing 19th-century attitudes towards injury and disability in classical music harm musicians and those around them.

, • 29.06.2017

Is the prevalence of suicide in opera harmful or healing?

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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