The Pointy End

Love it or hate it, Christmas music has a big impact on our health

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or the worst depending, in part, on whether you’re a fan of Christmas songs.

NBC

The best music books of 2017

Maintaining a healthy bookshelf is as important as keeping your records in good order, and 2017 has been a particularly fruitful year for new and updated publications dealing directly with the science, art and culture of recorded sound.

The Vinyl Factory

Le plaisir (de la musique) croît avec l’usage (de la danse), selon une étude

Une étude du Laboratoire international de recherche sur le cerveau, la musique et le son (BRAMS) conclut que danser au rythme de la musique, plutôt qu’écouter celle-ci sans bouger, accroît le plaisir qu’on retire de cette activité.

Le Devoir

The etiquette box: The culture of classical music needs redress

It's time for classical music presenters to think outside the box.

Sight Lines

Orchestra Playing 'The Rite of Spring' Without a Conductor

A work like that needs a skilled conductor to hold everything together, a fact that makes the orchestra Les Dissonances' recent performance all the more impressive.

WQXR

Hide And Seek

For a while, hidden tracks were everywhere, especially during the CD era. But thanks to streaming music, there’s nowhere to put them. Is that good or bad?

Tedium

Le Sultanat d'Oman, nouveau paradis pour l'opéra

Depuis quelques années, les pays du monde arabe, et plus spécialement de la péninsule arabique, ont inauguré des salles d'opéra.

France Musique

When Did We Start Cheering For Music Encores?

When you’re at a concert, classical or otherwise, you might feel that an encore is a given — even if the music was OK at best.

WQXR

The last thing you'll ever hear: what is the world's best deathbed music?

Why is there so little music for the dying? Maybe we’re shy of these fragile moments, feeling they’re too intimate to intrude upon with any extraneous sounds.

The Guardian


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