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An Exorcism

Arthur Honegger’s “Symphonie Liturgique” By · Photography Agence de presse Meurisse (PD) · Date 06/16/2016 Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion,” Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”: These are considered some of the premier artistic anti-war statements of our time. Just as worthy to be a part of this company is French composer […]

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Black Magic

Claude Vivier’s Last Months By · Date 02/04/2016 On the evening of March 7, 1983, the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier went for a drink at a bar in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris. He picked up a young man there and brought him back to his apartment for sex. The man then stabbed Vivier to […]

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Free But Alone

Cover-Photography Antony Stanley No one composer, perhaps in the history of Western classical music, was more active in averting history’s prying eyes than Johannes Brahms. Brutally self-critical about his own work and exceptionally shy when it came to his personal life, Brahms sought to preserve his legacy by keeping his private thoughts out of the […]

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The Pianist’s Eye

Lilian Kallir’s Musical Alexia Author · Date 01/21/2016 The pianist Lilian Kallir was a formidable sight-reader who could easily play a Mozart Piano Concerto on the first reading, though she was mostly known for the instinctive musicality, tonal beauty, and precocious maturity of her playing. In 1991, presented with a last-minute change in a program, […]