The Pointy End

Wagner's Dark Shadow: Can We Separate the Man from His Works?

Born 200 years ago, Germany's most controversial composer's music is cherished around the world, though it will always be clouded by his anti-Semitism and posthumous association with Adolf Hitler. Richard Wagner's legacy prompts the question: Can Germans enjoy any part of their history in a carefree way?

Der Spiegel

Star Hurls Musical Barbs Before Venezuela’s Vote

Political campaigns in Venezuela often can seem like a battle of the bands. Songs written for the campaigns blast from huge speakers at rallies and from the backs of trucks that drive around cities where candidates appear.

The New York Times

Malawi accuses Madonna of exaggerating humanitarian efforts

Malawi has launched a scathing attack on Madonna, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and demanding special treatment during her trip last week.

The Guardian

Music that’s good enough to moan along to

Did you get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning? Are you hacked off with the weather? Are last night's dirty dishes still in the sink? Well if you want to hear some really good whinging, check with the Bealtaine Festival on May 1st when Ireland's first ever Complaints Choir will be moaning on and on and on – to music.

The Irish Times

How composers from Mozart to Bach made their music add up

What's the next number in this sequence? 5, 10, 20, 30, 36 ... ? And the next in this? 640, 231, 100, 91 ... ? If you know your Mozart then you'll identify 43 as the number that comes after 36 in the first sequence.

The Guardian

Steinway to Sell Its Famed Showroom Building

Steinway Hall, the 88-year-old building down the block and across the street from Carnegie Hall where generations of famous and not-so-famous pianists have tried out pianos, is being sold, the piano company and the buyer said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Icelandic composer uses knitting pattern to write score

Not so long ago, knitting was a near-obsolete craft skill, exercised only by doughty aunts. But something stirred in the purlieus of tricot: suddenly, knitting became not just the hobby of chic young urbanites, but an occupation with intellectual heft.

The Telegraph

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