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The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained
Visiting a popular concert hall for the first time some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial host whom I’ll call Luddy. He guided me patiently through the obtuse and unfriendly ticketing procedure at the “Will Call”
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The five myths about contemporary classical music
Contemporary classical music is devoid of melody and appeal, all noise and no fun. At least, that’s the cliche. But this is music that is very much at the heart of our modern world
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Is classical music doomed?
In a world of instant musical gratification, where tunes from any genre or artist are available at the click of a mouse, can classical music remain relevant to the digital generation?
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Opera at the Movies: Beware the Side Effects
There is no doubt that live-in-HD versions of Metropolitan Opera performances have been a signal success, both at the box office of the international theaters in which they are shown, and in the opinion of many operagoers.
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Queen’s composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies walks out on a little night muzak
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, said he could not bear dining to an accompaniment of “idiotic pop” and left without eating. The walk-out is his latest stand in a campaign to have piped “muzak” banned from
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The best classical music of 2010
The Observer’s classical music critic looks back on a good year for Mahler, opera at the movies and legends of the past on YouTube.
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Why do we hate modern classical music?
Avant garde art and architecture are loved, but in music we cling to the past. We’re missing out.
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What’s wrong with classical music?
Every day I pass through Toronto’s Bathurst Street Subway Station, on the way to work. And sometimes, on days when I’m not running late, I pause to listen to the classical music that the Toronto Transit Commission pipes into the
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