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Lyric Engine

An Interview with Ashley Fure By · Title Image © Ross Karre · Date 03/30/2017 The American composer Ashley Fure writes music of a flickering and gorgeous intensity. Recently, she was in Marseille doing research for an upcoming work. We chatted via Skype about happy sonic accidents, alternative careers, and the state of diversity activism […]

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#pieces Issue 50

#pieces Issue 50 …we’re reading, listening to, and putting together. What’s going on with John Adams’s Twitter lately? In Lolita, Humbert Humbert says, “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.” It’s a hilarious line—far funnier than anything in Alejandro L. Madrid’s article, which simply makes a reasonable point about tokenism […]

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A #HearAllComposers Playlist

On March 21, musicians and music lovers who desired more diverse orchestral programming took to Twitter with the hashtag #HearAllComposers, to encourage symphony orchestras to program music by non-male and non-white composers. The hashtag came largely from the efforts of Emma O’Halloran, Annika Socolofsky, Amanda Feery, and Finola Merivale, all young composers frustrated with the […]

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Moderate Anarchy

The Belgian baroque violinist, violoncello da spalla player, and conductor Sigiswald Kuijken was born in 1944 near Brussels. His way of playing early music makes the continuing modern-style performances of many works seem, at least to my ears, completely irrelevant.When I reached out to Kuijken to ask if he’d like to be interviewed, he wrote […]

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An Arthur Kampela Playlist

Frictions and Utopian Mixtures Title Image © KAI BIENERT · Date 03/16/2016 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 Emilio Pomarico, a […]

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March Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By VAN Team · Date 03/09/2016 Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Costa Rica This campaign is supposed to get us in the mood for Summer Fun, but doesn’t it kind of look like everybody in these pictures is on the verge of drowning? Karajan I On […]

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Can New Music Be Sexy?

Musicians and Listeners Respond By · Title Image Bill Vriesema (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) · Date 03/02/2016 I wrote this from a multidisciplinary arts residency, which I have the good fortune to be attending. There are nine composers here hailing from different parts of the world, which means I’ve gotten to witness firsthand the process people […]

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February 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By VAN Team · Date 02/16/2016 Classical Music Sucks Is it just us, or is classical music humor getting funnier and a little darker? Here, the meme page Classical Music Sucks adapts the Breitbart reader archetype to the anti-Helmut Lachenmann set. Rolando Villazón “Mr […]

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A Kind Of Truth

An Interview with Oscar Edelstein By · Title Image © Max Edelstein · Date 02/02/2016 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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April 2017 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 04/26/2017 Poor and/or unaesthetic art music memes for placeholder teens As we’ve mentioned before, classical music internet humor is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, and Poor and/or unaesthetic art music memes for placeholder teens is one of the newer and funnier entries. […]