The Pointy End

Pronounced Dead: The Art of Cultural Assassination

Beginning with the (fairly incontestable) claim that "music criticism has gotten really weird", Austerlitz argued that a populist deference to pop music, regardless of its artistic merit, has overtaken the critical establishment.

Pop Matters

Why a Hungarian orchestra had to borrow seven violin bows from friends

Any musical instrument containing African elephant ivory may be brought into the country only if it is accompanied by documentation verifying that it was purchased before 2014.

PRI

Profiling the Jazz Police

It usually refers to a belief among musicians that there is a cabal of jazz writers, reporters, and critics who influence, undermine, and control jazz musicians.

New Music Box

"La musique est un tout", profession de foi du grand chef Daniel Barenboim

La musique est un état d'esprit, remettons-la au centre de la vie, parmi les autres arts, et dans la société civile.

France TV

Conchita Wurst: A great ambassador for gender diversity

Rise Like a Phoenix's triumph at Eurovision showed that the contest can still surprise us. But for the world's drag artists, it also struck a blow for gender tolerance.

The Independent 

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

NPR

Colorado Symphony Orchestra rolls out first cannabis-linked concert

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra's first "Classically Cannabis" event began Friday night like any other fine-arts fundraiser — with suit- and dress-wearing attendees politely mingling in a high-ceilinged art gallery, sipping drinks and shaking hands.

The Denver Post

 

What do conductors do?

Do orchestras really need someone flapping their arms on a podium? Yes, actually.

The Telegraph

A Healing Art

Many ancient cultures used sound and music for healing. Pythagoras called it "music medicine." In the Middle Ages, the study of music became a mandatory part of a physician's education.

The Wall Street Journal


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