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Got a Classic Piece? Here Comes the Sequel.
“Composers have always wanted to fondle the pieces that they love,” John Adams, of “Nixon in China” fame, said in a recent interview. They have long borrowed from their predecessors: quoted them, evoked them, effaced them, mocked them. They have
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It’s not posh to like classical music
Much of the recent discourse around classical music and its troubles has contained a subtext of glee at the notion that a privileged class is getting its comeuppance. The perception of classical music as a posh activity is outdated and
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How you can get into classical music: a beginner’s guide
So, you want to explore classical music? The first question must be: where to start? The most obvious fact about classical music is that it’s absolutely huge. It stretches back at least 500 years, and over the past century has
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This is the most monumentally ugly piece of music ever composed, according to science
Here’s a ‘pattern-free’ (and therefore very ugly) piano sonata, by mathematician Scott Rickard. It’s pretty hideous.
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Love and Loss, Set to Music, During the Holocaust
Through the crackle of an old phonograph recording, the tenor’s voice sounds musky and slightly metallic, but the German words ring out sharp and clear. The soprano’s tone is warm, opulent and heady.
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Classical music page-turners turn the page into the modern era
As jobs go, there’s not much to recommend it. The work is hard, there’s no glory, and the risk of disaster is high. Regarding any levity, only the paycheck might draw a laugh.
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Learning to Play by Ear in Iran
Years ago, during the Iran-Iraq war, Iraqi warplanes dropped mustard gas and nerve agents on my battalion. I was completely burned, with blisters all over my body. I couldn’t see anything for months (and since then I’ve had over 50
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Samsung is building an app that makes music from your humming
Hum on, feel the noise
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