Music the artform and artists

Giuseppe Verdi at 200: An appreciation

Sony has issued a box set of classic Verdi performances from the Metropolitan Opera as part of its commemoration of the composer's 200th birthday.

The Washington Post

 

Venice - the city that created opera

In the early 18th century, Venice, a city of some 160,000 inhabitants, boasted seven full-time opera houses.

The Guardian

Beatlemania: 'the screamers' and other tales of fandom

The first time Scottish concert promoter Andi Lothian booked the Beatles, in the frozen January of 1963, only 15 people showed up.

The Guardian

New York Philharmonic's Opening Night Gala

The New York Philharmonic gets a shot of star power as Yo-Yo Ma joins the orchestra for its season-opening gala concert.

WQXR

Hilliards to hang up vocal cords after 40th anniversary tour

Founding and former members join with current line-up for a final hurrah in 2014.

Limelight

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


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