Music the artform and artists

(Ethno)Music(ology)

Music scholarship — like the art form itself — is a field that's been taking a hard, introspective look at how it can do better.

WQXR

Japan’s young musicians rally to save dying art of shamisen music

The makers of this ancient instrument were near to closure. But could it get a new lease of life?

The Guardian

The True Poet of Jazz

The year was 1957, and jazz was about to enter its most tumultuous period. The next decade would witness the rise of modal jazz, free jazz, soul jazz, fusion jazz, and a host of other subsidiary and conflicting styles. Balliett was ready to match this profusive music with his own prodigious gifts.

City Journal

Paz, rock y hierba en Piedra Roja

Montado originalmente con el objetivo de recolectar fondos para el viaje de graduación del curso de un colegio, la cita realizada en octubre de 1970, fue uno de los hitos que ha quedado en los anales de la música chilena.

La Tercera

Compositrices oubliées

Quelques jours après les journées du Matrimoine, organisées dans plusieurs villes de France, il semble que cette sensibilisation à l'héritage culturel laissé par des femmes et complètement oublié de nos jours, porte ses fruits.

France Inter

Mohammad Reza Shajarian, the Iranian Master Singer and Dissident

He popularized Persian classical music for a new generation and built a global following, only to be blacklisted by Iran for supporting antigovernment protests.

The New York Times

The history of jazz music in Australia

While it's origins are distinctly American, jazz music has a long and vibrant history in Australia.

ABC

Who was Fela Sowande? The Nigerian composer who brought West African influences into classical music

The composer, full name Chief Olufela Obafunmilayo Sowande, was born in 1905 in Abeokuta near Lagos in Nigeria, and was the son of a priest and champion of Nigerian church music, Emmanuel Sowande.

Classic FM

Debussy: where to start with his music

He created a new world of ravishing instrumental colour and constantly shifting sensations and images. He brought new breath to the art of music, said Boulez. Did modern music start with Debussy?

The Guardian


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