composers

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.

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 >>