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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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An Interview with Brian Ferneyhough By · Title Image © Agathe Poupeney · Date 09/14/2017 To celebrate the 75th birthday of Coventry-born composer Brian Ferneyhough, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has invited the pioneering Arditti Quartet to perform his music in the heart of the Midlands. Also featuring Oliver Janes on clarinet and the conductor […]

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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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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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Surreal Conjunctions

An Interview with Annea Lockwood By · Title Image Courtesy of Annea Lockwood (1968) · Date 07/27/2017 The composer Annea Lockwood has been inspired by a lifelong fascination with timbre to record the sounds of rivers across the globe, to incorporate the sounds of the cosmos into her installations, to attach a music box to […]

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A Giacinto Scelsi Playlist

Sublime Sounds and Sacred Syllables By · Date 07/13/2017 The only proper word for the music of the self-taught Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi is “sublime.” Not in the common sense of the word, which comes to something like “very good”—but in the sense that Moses Mendelssohn understood it, that is, something that is frightening and […]

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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 […]

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June 2017 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 06/15/2017 Steven Isserlis The cellist finds some tactful words for the Brutalist Barbican Centre’s bathrooms. Millenium Falcon Piano “Looks like a giant pendrive [sic],” writes one commenter. We agree. Thibaudet is known for his fashion sense, but we doubt his taste in instruments […]

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School Sucks

Searching for the Perfect Music Education By · Photography Screenshots from Google Maps · Date 05/25/2017 Burns, Tennessee In my house, the week before Thanksgiving was always exam week. 2005 was no exception: I had been lined up to take four different grade 8 examinations for the Associated Boards for the Royal Schools of Music […]