composers

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What is Lost When Musical Tastes Change?
Have you ever heard the music of Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven’s secretary, student, and a composer of the early nineteenth century? I confess that I had not heard of him until a few weeks ago, even though he wrote some wonderful
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What Happened to One of Classical Music’s Most Popular Pieces?
César Franck’s only symphony was a pillar of the repertory for decades. But it’s now a rarity.
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Maestro of more than music
Look beneath the surface of Bach’s music and you will find a fascinating hidden world of numerology and cunning craft
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Why Beethoven wasn’t the original punk rocker of classical music
Last summer, the meme “Beethoven was Black” was trending online, a trope that drew the iconic composer into a 21st century discussion about race and social justice. But there is another curious classical music trope in circulation, one that is
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That way madness lies: why the obsession about diagnosing Robert Schumann?
The Romantic composer died in an asylum in 1856, since when musicians, doctors – and even the Nazis – have sought to name the illness that brought his early death. It tells us as much as about the story of
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Asian Composers Reflect on Careers in Western Classical Music
For all their shared experiences, each of these five artists has a unique story of struggles and triumphs.
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She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More.
A festival broadens our understanding of Nadia Boulanger, the pathbreaking composer, conductor and thinker.
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A Queen of 19th-Century Opera Gets New Attention
Pauline Viardot, born 200 years ago this weekend, was a famous singer, as well as a composer whose music is being salvaged from obscurity.
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