Music the artform and artists

Arvo Pärt music in three new discs: Does he belong among the greats?

Having passed the 80-year mark, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is entering the tiny pantheon of Designated Great Living Composers - and there's no more unlikely candidate in the 21st century.

Philly

The voice of God: life inside the pope's choir

You will have heard of the phrase “a capella” singing. This literally refers to the Sistine Chapel (the “capella”), and to the unaccompanied style in which the choir has been singing ever since it was installed in the world famous “Cappella Sistina” in the 15th century.

The Guardian

Twenty-Five Great Jazz Baritone Saxophone Peformances

The cumbersome and often unwieldy baritone saxophone has long been relegated to the position of a shadowy stepchild to its more grandiloquent brothers, the tenor and alto saxophones, in jazz music.

Huffington Post

Cuba Is the Missing Link in Jazz History

Since the U.S. embargo of Cuba began in 1962, the ability of Cuban and American musicians to travel back and forth has shifted with the political winds.

The Daily Beast

Pourquoi dit-on de la musique qu’elle est “classique” ?

Musique savante, musique sérieuse, Grande musique... dans notre langage courant on entend plus souvent l’expression “musique classique”. Pourquoi ? Trois indices : littérature, Beethoven et marketing.

France Musique

When Jazz Was Cool

He stands, primarily illuminated by the light from the screen reflecting off his trumpet. Cigarette smoke curls.

New Music Box

We Need Experimental Music To Teach Us How To Listen

The difference between hearing and listening is often referenced colloquially in conversations ― or, more likely, arguments ― in which one party feels the essence of his or her sentiments are not being digested.

Huffington Post

Here's a taste of Cuban music in the time of Castro

Today, when most people think of Cuban music, they're quick to mention Buena Vista Social Club, and there's good reason. But there's so much more to Cuban music than that all-star group. Here are a few more pivotal artists to check out.

PRI

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general. It isn’t consumed in the same way and its dedicated fan-base is primarily white and old in a country whose population is increasingly neither.

Huffington Post


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