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