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Music the artform and artists

Remembering Prince

There will be longer pieces written, and better ones, about the death of Prince, but the main point is that there will be many, and each will demonstrate purely and powerfully how deeply he connected with those of us who loved his music, his spirit, his playfulness, his petulance, his bravery, his youth, his wisdom, his weirdness, his virtuosity, and his vision.

The New Yorker

Playing for Mumbai’s classical music connoisseurs

Dabgars come from India’s western belt that includes Gujarat, Rajasthan and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. Having long practised and promoted the art of making quality musical instruments, they specialise in making dhol-tashas, mrudungs, tablas, and other instruments.

The Indian Express

Tales of the Unexpected: saying yes to today's composers

From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music.

The Guardian

Le Cap-Vert, épicentre des possibles

En quatre ans, l’Atlantic Music Expo, qui s’est tenu mi-avril, est devenu un rendez-vous défricheur incontournable pour un marché des nouvelles sonorités réellement mondialisé.

Libération

Yehudi Menuhin: the violinist who changed the world

As president of the International Music Council, he gave a speech in the Soviet Union in which he praised the dissident poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

The Telegraph

Teenage Dream: Adolescent ingenuity is shaping the future of pop

The eight young acts presented in this Portfolio strike a balance between technical achievement and wily innovation. There’s something special about capturing them in this moment of early maturation, because nature will surely reshape them as quickly as they have reshaped their respective musical realms. They won’t look this way forever, and they certainly won’t sound this way forever.

The New Yorker

‘Hamilton’ and History: Are They in Sync?

As “Hamilton” fever has swept America, historians have hardly been immune. The megahit Broadway musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has won prestigious honors from the profession, including the 2015 George Washington Book Prize. But even among historians who love the musical and its multiethnic cast, a question has also quietly simmered: does “Hamilton” really get Hamilton right?

New York Times

The Guy Who's Making A Cappella Cool

Show choir. A cappella. Havens for nerds, right? Not so fast. If box-office earnings and the wild success of productions like Glee and Pitch Perfect are any indication, this sort of singing has made a giant leap from nerd niche to mainstream. We might even call it … cool.

OZY

James Levine quitte son poste au Metropolitan Opera de New York

C’est une page importante de l'histoire du Metropolitan Opera de New York (le Met) qui va se tourner à la fin de la saison 2015-2016. Le patron de la grande maison d’opéra américaine, Peter Gelb, a annoncé ce 14 avril le départ du chef d’orchestre, James Levine, qui quittera son poste après plus de 40 ans de règne sur les forces musicales du Met, dont il a largement redoré le blason.
 

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