Economic rationalists would point out that most artists are economically unviable. That is true, unfortunately. Creative artists generally have miserable incomes from their art, and survive by teaching or waiting on tables. Performing artists do not have it much better; [...] more >>

March 22nd, 2019 | Tags:
Classical composers unfairly tainted by STD rumours, book claims

Author looks at 70 composers from Beethoven to Britten, also dismissing alcoholism claims

March 20th, 2019 | Tags: ,
Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons

Few opera choruses are as moving as the one a group of prisoners sings in Act I of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Released temporarily from their cells, the inmates almost whisper a hymnlike paean to liberty: “Oh, what a joy to breathe [...] more >>

March 15th, 2019 | Tags:
Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music

The aging musical score wasn’t easy to read. It was a copy of a copy of a Latin Mass by the 18th-century composer Domenico Zipoli that had crossed the Atlantic and most of South America, only to be stuffed into [...] more >>

March 13th, 2019 | Tags: ,
Strapping On His Cello for a 600-Mile Bach Pilgrimage

More than 200,000 pilgrims throng the Camino de Santiago each year, walking a network of trails through northern Spain to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. Some are drawn by the challenge of a long-distance hike. Many [...] more >>

March 8th, 2019 | Tags:
Crossing Divides: Thai orchestra fights bloodshed with music

The 14-year conflict between Muslim insurgents and authorities in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives. But can music help bridge the sectarian divide?

March 6th, 2019 | Tags:
Personalized Music Playlists Help Dementia Patients Maintain Brain Connections

Do you ever wonder why you feel so good when you hear an old favorite song you know all the words to, but you can’t remember what you had for lunch yesterday? That’s thanks to something called the salience network [...] more >>

March 1st, 2019 | Tags:
Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968

On a cold Berkeley morning early in December 1968, I cut class and joined a queue on Telegraph Avenue, waiting for Discount Records to open. The line wasn’t as long as the one I’d joined for the Beatles’ White Album [...] more >>

February 27th, 2019 | Tags: ,