composers

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.

Media > Bach’s Holy Dread
December 15th, 2017

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

Media > The sound and the fury of Arturo Toscanini
November 22nd, 2017

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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 >>

Media > You’ve Heard This One Before: When Classical Composers Use Samples
November 10th, 2017

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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 >>

Media > Historical female composers: a specialist’s guide
November 3rd, 2017

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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

Media > 6 Historical Figures Whose Side Hustle Was Composing Music
September 15th, 2017

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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.