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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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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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October Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 10/13/2016 Harpsichord You know how when you walk into a coffee shop these days everyone is hunched over his laptop and no one looks up? Societal change has reached the harpsichord. Alp Horn Horn envy: it’s a thing. Piano Hero Meet us down […]

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September 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 09/15/2016 Chaya Czernowin This new development might not affect Chaya Czernowin’s ability to tweet old fruit watercolors, abandoned places, and absolutely horrifying fish, but it might make attending the premiere of “Infinite Now” next year difficult. We hope she recovers in time to […]

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August 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 08/11/2016 Symphony World Cup The European Soccer Championship, the Olympics, beach-body Instagram, and now BBC Music Magazine’s #SymphonyWorldCup—do we really need more competition this summer? Wherever you come down on that question, you’ll have to admit that in this round Elgar is enjoying […]