Music the artform and artists

Even the Score

Last year, NewMusicBox, an online magazine for contemporary classical music, published an essay by the composer Amy Beth Kirsten entitled "The 'Woman Composer' Is Dead."

The New Yorker

The State Of Music Writing, Musicians Writing

Back in 2008, I was on a panel on IFC's website with some distinguished names in the field of online music writing: Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, Bill Crandall (then at Spinner), and Maura Johnston (then with Idolator).


Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

Thirty-year-old composer, violinist and singer Caroline Shaw had the surprise of her life this afternoon. Enjoying a sunny day outside, she got a call from a friend informing her that she had won the Pulitzer Prize for her Partita for 8 Voices.


Rwanda: In Rememberance Of Musicians Killed During The Genocide

As some musicians such as Simon Bikindi were busy urging for the annihilaton of the Tutsi during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, some of their colleagues in the profession were targeted by the killers.

All Africa

Muddy Waters: Celebrating a great blues star

Van Morrison, not a man given to hyperbole, said: "Muddy Waters is a prime influence for anybody who's ever done anything rock 'n' roll."

The Telegraph

Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood

Switzerland is home to some of the best violin makers in the world. But how do they know which tree will make a top quality violin? A wander through the forest with a master tree picker gives an idea of the enormous experience and instinct required.


'We mix ourselves up with music, it moulds itself to us'

Pop's uncanny ability to help us define and understand our lives makes it more powerful than film or books.

The Observer

For Cape Town’s jazz maestros, history is sacred

There is an unsung Cape Town song in the countless devout, talented, piano-playing ladies who reared and inspired the city's jazz pianists.


London hosts first 'opera Oscars', but UK doesn't make top award shortlist

London is preparing to host the inaugural International Opera Awards – the "opera Oscars" – but there is no British company in contention for the most coveted award.

The Guardian

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