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Faster than Sound: bridging musical genres and digital art

Faster than Sound: bridging musical genres and digital art

Faster Than Sound is a groundbreaking series curated by Aldeburgh Music that joins the dots between musical genres and digital art forms and bringing the Aldeburgh festival into the 21st century. In five week-long residencies each year, the Faster Than Sound series places strong emphasis on emerging technologies to help create new cross-art collaborations. The...
Classical music websites directory

Classical music websites directory

The beginning of a classical music websites directory with a few of my favourite sites:   Video & music on demand The Space Interesting collection of vidoes, podcasts and digital essays – a ray of clarity in the digital noise! Particularly interesting is Will Self’s digital essay, ‘Kafka’s Wound’ Classical Clips Database of classical music...
Music and the human condition...a quote

Music and the human condition…a quote

If: Monteverdi was the first composer to find musical expression for human passion; and Beethoven, what a terrible struggle it is to be human and to aspire to be godlike; Mozart the kind of music we’d hope to hear in heaven; Bach is the one who bridges the gap. He helps us to hear the...
Power of the Collective in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Power of the Collective in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which has sparked countless controversies over its conception, composition and performance, is centered on the idea of the power of the collective over the individual; the haunting ritual performed before the sacrifice of a young maiden. Stravinsky’s preoccupation with rite, ritual and myth pervades many of his large-scale theatre works as...
Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

The relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche was of a polarised intensity.  Nietzsche went from being one of Wagner’s closest friends and admirers, to being his an ardent critic and fervent enemy. In his work The Birth of Tragedy (1868), Nietzsche regards Wagner as the redeemer of Greek tragedy and a force of good on the...
Wagner's funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner's death

Wagner’s funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner’s death

2013: Wagner Year 2013 is the year of both the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth (22nd May) and the 130th anniversary of his death (13th February). Celebrations are taking place around the world to mark his bicentenary, particularly in Leipzig and Bayreuth, and at The Met, Royal Opera House and La Scala. The project ‘From...
Philip Glass turns 75: 'Koyaanisqatsi', Ravi Shankar collaboration 'Passages', and 'Satyagraha'

Philip Glass turns 75: ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, Ravi Shankar collaboration ‘Passages’, and ‘Satyagraha’

Philip Glass – hailed as the most well-known living composer today – celebrates his 75th birthday this weekend at the Barbican with a live screening of Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 film, Koyaanisqatsi. Reggio created a ‘visual tone poem’ tracing the collision between man and technology with juxtaposing images of American landscapes and cities. Glass wrote the...
Review: Alissa Firsova & The Cavaleri String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall PLG Concert

Review: Alissa Firsova & The Cavaleri String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall PLG Concert

The latest concert from the Park Lane Group Young Artists series at the Wigmore Hall last night, featuring Alissa Firsova and the Cavaleri String Quartet, was of an exceptional standard. Opening with Beethoven’s Serioso string quartet and his last piano sonata, the first half of the concert was of an intensity that made the Rachmaninov Corelli Variations and Brahms...
Emotion from music: real or fictional?

Emotion from music: real or fictional?

In Alan Yentob’s recent BBC programme How Music Makes Us Feel, he discusses the links between music and emotion, physical characteristics of these emotions (such as why babies move to music), and why music enters where words leave off. Whilst Yentob perhaps focuses too much on the composer’s intentions rather than how the effects of these...
Recomposed or refragmented? Baroque, Minimalist & Stravinskian sound worlds in Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi

Recomposed or refragmented? Baroque, Minimalist & Stravinskian sound worlds in Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi

Max Richter – a leading British composer – has just premiered his recomposed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to exceptional critical acclaim. Richter describes how he sculpted his music from the original material, going back to the music itself rather than working with old recordings (as is the case with most recomposed versions), picking out...
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