composers

Media > ‘Ode to Joy’ has an odious history. Let’s give Beethoven’s most overplayed symphony a rest
May 31st, 2019

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When the Canadian Opera Company opened the doors to its new opera house in 2006, the gala concert included “Ode to Joy,” the last movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Media > Singing Against the Grain
May 22nd, 2019

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Playing Beethoven in the #BlackLivesMatter era

Media > Classical composers unfairly tainted by STD rumours, book claims
March 20th, 2019

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

Media > Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968
February 27th, 2019

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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 >>

Media > Think Tax Season is Tough? Bach Wrote Something For That
February 8th, 2019

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Several years ago Cornell musicologist and professor David Yearsley wrote an analysis on Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nur jedem das Seine (“To Each What is Due Him”), BWV 163.

Media > Bach Was Far More Religious Than You Might Think
January 2nd, 2019

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Bach biographers don’t have it easy. Has there ever been a composer who wrote so much extraordinary music and left so little documentation of his personal life?

Media > The source of Mozart’s inspiration – a great musical whodunnit
July 20th, 2018

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

Media > Does Leonard Bernstein have any heirs?
July 18th, 2018

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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.