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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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I’m Not Doing Anything

A Profile of Helga Davis By and · Photography Michal Hancovský / Courtesy WQXR · Date 02/02/2016 It wasn’t Helga Davis’ idea to have a podcast named after herself. Nor was ending up on the radio in the first place. At WQXR, the most listened-to classical station in the United States, Davis is among a […]

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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. […]

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The Best of the Bagatelles

What classical music has been up to in 2016 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 12/22/2016 Classical music social media gave us many funny, cringeworthy, or just plain strange gifts over the course of 2016. Here, we’ve collected some of our favorite Bagatelles of the year from our monthly series. Enjoy, and remember: if you […]

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A Pamela Z Playlist

The composer, performer, and media artist Pamela Z works with a wide variety of techniques, including “voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video,” and has produced art both for the concert hall and the museum. From San Francisco, she sent us this playlist. Each track here contains a multiplicity of influences; taken together, the […]

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A Barrie Kosky Playlist

Often, music from childhood and youth doesn’t merely bring back memories of those times: it evokes real, physical sensations like adrenaline, sweat, and heartbreak. For this playlist, Barrie Kosky, the Artistic Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, mined his experiences as a gay kid growing up in Australia and the influence of his grandmother. His […]