Music the artform and artists

Bland on Blonde: why the old rock music canon is finished

The 1970s brought about the idea that rock was important – and needed a canon of greatest albums to match. But in a digital age, is definitive musical excellence a ridiculous notion?

The Guardian

Plácido Domingo, Opera Superstar, Achieves the Unthinkable

The great tenor Enrico Caruso sang about 60 roles; the storied diva Maria Callas, roughly 50. Renée Fleming, the most famous soprano today, says she has sung about 55.

The New York Times

John Coltrane and the End of Jazz

No jazz musician incarnates the legend of late style more than the saxophonist John Coltrane.

The Weekly Standard

Smithsonian Folkways: 70 Years of Peerless Sounds

In 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was founded for one purpose, laid down by donor James Smithson in his last will and testament: for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”


Ryuichi Sakamoto, Genius Composer, Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year

The festival hailed Sakamoto for his “sheer amount of time, effort, and passion.” It described him as “deeply admired and loved by the public as an artist who remains a prominent musician in the history of world cinema.”


Centenaire de la naissance de Leonard Bernstein

Chef d'orchestre, compositeur, pianiste, pédagogue, animateur de télévision, Bernstein est devenu une légende de la musique.

France Musique

Defying the odds, this Egyptian orchestra plays on

The 44 women who make up the orchestra play eastern and western tunes to perfection – and all without the ability to see the conductor or read the music.

TRT World

The Sounds of Music in the Twenty-first Century

Contemporary composition has become as fractured as the art world—and that’s a good thing.

The New Yorker

The State of Hip-Hop: East Asia

Different cities. Different countries. Different cultures. Different continents. No matter where I went, a different kind of hip-hop existed.

Pigeons & Planes

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