The Pointy End

Beyond the manuscript: the secret life of composers

Their contribution to classical music has been invaluable, and yet we don't ever envisage composers doing anything except for...well...sitting and composing.


American Orchestras ‘Blatantly Ignoring’ American Music

Since the United States has nurtured a good century-and-a-half of orchestral compositions, there are those who feel that this is not just an oversight, but a disgrace.


Why Classical Musicians Should Learn Folk Music

My initial contact with folk music had come primarily from the notated tradition: the music of Dvorák, Mahler, and Bartók for example.

New Music Box

"La musique est devenue un produit jetable"

Quand on regarde l'histoire récente de la musique, on constate qu'une nouvelle forme surgit tous les dix ou quinze ans. Or, depuis trente ans, il ne s'est rien passé de comparable au rock dans les années 1950, à la musique psychédélique dans les années 1960, au disco dans les années 1970 ou à la techno dans les années 1980


Music As Unique Object: Band Will Release Only One Copy Of Its New Album

Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.


Etat par état, les artistes préférés des Américains sont …

Les sites Music Machinery et The Echo Nest ont développé une carte des Etats-Unis recensant l'artiste préféré de chaque état. Autant dire qu'il y a quelques surprises...

Les Inrocks


Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' Takes Over Ukraine Market

The musicians told a local newspaper that they wanted to make a statement about Ukrainian unity, so they selected this ode to unity and brotherhood. Hobart Earle is the conductor.


Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors

For some concertgoers, the concert hall a last bastion of decorum, but for others it's an anachronism needing to loosen up its strict customs.


Can a Song’s Lyrics Predict Its Commercial Success?

New textual analysis of Billboard Hot 100 hits shows that certain themes are more likely to be No. 1.

Pacific Standard

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