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I Did That

Recently elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters at the age of 92, Ben Johnston is taking some time to reflect on his life’s work. As a composer who radically pushed the expressive possibilities of non-tempered harmony for over six decades, Johnston holds an important position in 20th-century American music, […]

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Tonefoil Hat

I’m a musician and I have bad ears. In my ear training course in college, my teacher would play intervals on the piano. Going in a circle, he would point at the students and ask us to identify them. Some days, I got every single interval wrong. I’d confuse a minor sixth with a major […]

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An Interview with Simon Steen-Andersen By · Photography © Lars Svankjær · Date 3/8/2018 At one point during a recent performance of Simon Steen-Andersen’s Piano Concerto in Berlin, percussion sounds seemed to rise and concentrate near the ceiling of the concert hall, like hot air, and it sounded like the Pierre Boulez Saal might come […]

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A Hall of Mirrors

On Music Therapy for Veterans Text and Photography · Date 2/8/2018 How strange to be older than an army specialist. One gray, drizzly day at Fort Campbell, in Kentucky, a 24-year-old firefighter with brown hair, a pale complexion, and a self-deprecating sense of humor was struggling to play a C major scale with both hands […]

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A Mike Svoboda Playlist

Brass in Bach and Boulez Title Image © JENS KLETT · Date 1/25/2018 I listen to a lot of music, but mostly live—either while playing myself, coaching chamber music, or in my head while composing. Putting together this playlist was a chance to remember some musical moments of my youth, the “formative years,” that left […]

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The Architecture of Experience

On Success Through Failure at the Ultima Oslo Festival By · Photography Ultimafestivalen 2017 / © Andreas Turau · Date 11/16/2017 Attendees of the Ultima Oslo festival took cover from the rainy September weather at venues that ranged from a railway underpass to a waste water purification plant to a mausoleum in the woods. These […]

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Summer Special Part II

Five more of our favorite articlesthis year, for free. Title Image EDOARDO BUSTI / UNSPLASH · Date 09/07/2017 Deutsche Mega-Phon The decline and fall of classical music’s greatest label. Against The Grain How the human voice reveals the essence of a person. Limits of Perspective Can a deeply flawed work of operetta be redeemed? Boundaries […]

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Summer Special Part I

Five of our favorite articles this year,for free. Title Image LANCE ASPER / UNSPLASH · Date 08/31/2017 My Father, The Flying Dutchman A suicide in the family, and the complicated ways that opera interacts with trauma. The Discovery Phase On the frontier of black music research. Rage and Cringe Against Modern Opera Productions, a group […]

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The Main Focus

An Interview with Andrés Andrade By · Title Image Courtesy of Citywide Youth Opera, Inc. · Date 06/22/2017 The classical music educator Andrés Andrade has spent most of his 30-year teaching career thinking about the voices of teenagers. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Andrade currently operates a private voice studio in Manhattan. He has taught at […]