Opinion

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How Your Community Can Help with Music Education
During my sophomore year in high school I waited breathlessly for our cue. It was the opening night of the charming opera in one act Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. Students were waiting in the wings
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The Memory of Music
Do you dream about music? I do. I hear music in my sleep. Sometimes it wakes me, and I get up to write it down. There has been quite a bit written about exposing babies in the womb to classical
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Baroquism
Over the years, I have come to realise that somehow my tastes in classical music often balanced between baroque and minimalism. For some reason, each period seemed to refer to the other—the latter more than the former. I felt like
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The Concert Programme as Menu
Composing a concert is like composing a menu…. If you start with light pieces and play a 45-minute sonata after the interlude, it’s like starting dinner with hors d’oeuvres and dessert and finishing with a Châteaubriand and vegetables. – Arthur
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How the Classical Music Experience Is Changing
Many modern orchestras are focusing on the audience experience today. In the United States and several other countries, you can go to a concert hall to hear a symphony orchestra and they will encourage you to clap between movements if
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Defining Artistry
The miracle of an aristocratic performance lies in its capacity to vaporize everything that surrounds it…Mark Mitchell, ‘Virtuosi’ (Indiana University Press, 2000) Earlier this year I was privileged to hear two performers who are the living embodiment of superlatives like
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Don’t Be Scared, It’s Only Music
If you don’t live in a museum and you love music, you may have heard of the music of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen – born 1952. If you do live in Bach’s time and only ever expose your ears to
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Could Music Disappear One Day?
This is the Italian composer Giovanni Sollima playing one of his creations. What is it about music that moves us so? Where else can you see a person react to anything like this, except through music? Look at how this
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