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Media > WHY DOES ART MATTER? WHY SHOULD WE SUPPORT THE ARTS?
March 22nd, 2019

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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 >>

Media > Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music
March 13th, 2019

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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 >>

Media > Strapping On His Cello for a 600-Mile Bach Pilgrimage
March 8th, 2019

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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 >>

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 > On Music and Activism
February 22nd, 2019

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Musical activism reached its zenith in the wake of the political turbulence of the 1960s and ‘70s.

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 > What’s the Deal with Do Re Mi? The Story of Solfège
January 30th, 2019

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One of the more enduring moments from The Sound of Music comes when a free-spirited Maria von Trapp (Julie Andrews) takes a handful of giddy Austrian children out for a singing rampage through Salzburg, Austria.

Media > The Lost Classics
January 25th, 2019

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Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.