The Pointy End

Opera Startups: Small companies in New York take on the Met.

The Met, despite its perpetual financial struggles, shows no signs of capsizing. Though dozens of competitors have come and gone, it lumbers on, embattled but essential. But New York’s operatic startups offer cheap seats for curious newcomers, opportunities for young performers, and a theatrical intimacy that can’t be found at the Met. At their best, they give you the feeling of looking at opera from the inside.

The New Yorker

The Greatest Violin No One’s Ever Heard

The most famous violin in the world has never been heard. What’s more, it gained its reputation by being invisible. “The Messiah” sits in its glass display case just outside the Print Room of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford. A big part of its mystique lies in the fact that, as the only Stradivari in existence still preserved in pristine condition, it has virtually never been played.

Literary Hub

The European Music Archaeology Project Recreates Instruments of Old

Peter Holmes, a 76-year-old former aircraft engineer, is a central figure in the European Music Archaeology Project, a 4-million euro effort started in 2013 to recreate the sounds of the ancient world. The project unveils the results of its work this year. It started with a concert in Glasgow, to be followed by a touring exhibition that opens on June 6 in Ystad, Sweden.

The New York Times

'Blurred Lines', 'Ice Ice Baby' and other famous songs to face plagiarism claims

“Stairway to Heaven” is not the only song to face a trial over copyright claims. Many incidents of apparent copyright are pure coincidence, but the line between plagiarism and inspiration can run thin. Let's take a look at some of the tunes that got legal teams all hot under the collar.

The Independent

Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le classique en 10 questions

C’est long comment, les opéras ? A quoi ça sert le chef d’orchestre ? Est-ce que la musique classique, c’est ennuyeux ? Quand faut-il applaudir ? Vous n’osez pas poser toutes ces questions ? Nous vous donnons les réponses.

France Musique

Musicians Are Much More Likely to Use Psychotherapy

It’s unclear if they’re more neurotic than the rest of us, or simply more open to seeking help.

Pacific Standard

The mysterious appeal of 'silent music'

From John Cage to Korn, musicians have long composed pieces with no sound. Is it a high-brow joke, an exercise in mindfulness – or a severe case of the ‘emperor’s new clothes’?

BBC

Doctors Now Prescribing Music Therapy for Heart Ailments, Brain Dysfunction, Alzheimers, and More

Music has proven time and again to be an important component of human culture. From its ceremonial origin to modern medical usage for personal motivation, concentration, and shifting mood, music is a powerful balm for the human soul.

Didge Project

De l'art de choisir la bonne musique de campagne électorale

Donald Trump a diffusé sans son accord une chanson du rappeur Everlast lors d'un meeting. Avant cela, il s'était déjà fait réprimander par Adele ou encore Neil Young, mais il n'est pas le seul.

Libération


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