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The source of Mozart’s inspiration – a great musical whodunnit

The composer was devoted to his pet starling. But did its singing really contribute to the Piano Concerto in G major?

July 20th, 2018 | Tags:
 
Does Leonard Bernstein have any heirs?

Composer, conductor, activist, teacher, rule-breaker, American icon: Leonard Bernstein was a towering figure for the many American musicians who came in his turbulent wake. And yet, he was not an intimidating one.

July 18th, 2018 | Tags:
 
Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

December 15th, 2017 | Tags:
 
The sound and the fury of Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini’s boisterous humanity comes alive throughout a new biography by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs. To mark the 150th anniversary of the legendary conductor’s birth, “Toscanini -Musician of Conscience” will come out in spring from Liveright Publishing Corp., a [...] more >>

November 22nd, 2017 | Tags:
 
You’ve Heard This One Before: When Classical Composers Use Samples

The history of art is a rogue’s gallery of sloppy thieves. Though artists often wallow over whether they are being original — the Bard himself moped in the Sonnets about whether he was capable of leaving a mark that was [...] more >>

November 10th, 2017 | Tags:
 
Historical female composers: a specialist’s guide

Alexandra Coghlan urges us to talk less and listen more when it comes to considering historical female composers, and in her disc selection she avoids the giants, highlighting instead some lesser-known figures

November 3rd, 2017 | Tags:
 
6 Historical Figures Whose Side Hustle Was Composing Music

Sometimes it may seem impossible to follow your passions and pursue new hobbies. But these notable names made it work, balancing some pretty heavy daily responsibilities with some serious musical output.