Music the artform and artists

How do film-makers manipulate our emotions with music?

In 1939, queen of Hollywood melodrama Bette Davis starred in Dark Victory - the tragic story of a wealthy party girl dying of a brain tumour.

BBC

Veni, Vidi, Verdi: Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti Celebrate the Composer's Bicentennial

This season of notable composer anniversaries continues with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tribute to Verdi's 200th anniversary over the next four weeks.

Classicalite

Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali

The songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is a superstar in his native Mali. But in the last 18 months, it hasn't been easy for Malian artists.

NPR

Film composers: a director's best friend

How did music make Psycho scarier and The Dark Knight even darker? As the BBC begins its Sound of the Cinema season, Sean Macaulay celebrates the fine art of the film composer.

The Telegraph

Deconstructing the Genius of Bach

How the Baroque master used maths, physics and the power of God to create music of stunning complexity.

Limelight

Britain and Germany: a musical love affair

"No two countries in Europe possess a stronger history of cultural and familial sympathy, trust and mutual respect than Britain and Germany".

The Telegraph

Unleashing the Potential of the Strings

Mr. Haimovitz is one of the leading cellists of his generation and equally well known for his ardent interpretations of the classics as for boundary-pushing projects involving electronics and collaborations with unusual instruments.

The New York Times

How One Singer Made Four Debut Albums

About a month before she died last week at age 76, Sathima Bea Benjamin finally properly celebrated her debut album.

NPR

Music and Tyranny: The Rest is Silence

At last Friday's Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, the Warsaw Philharmonic, brilliantly conducted by Antoni Wit, presented a powerful programme of Polish and Russian music written under the shadow of Nazism and Stalinism.

The Independent


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