Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Gay Pride Weekend brings a chance to reflect on gay and lesbian composers who have enriched classical music throughout history. It’s a topic that concert programmers or musicologists rarely address, whether because of conservative attitudes or the risk of improperly linking musical styles and sexual politics.

Still, the question hasn't been completely ignored. In the fall 2013 issue of Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of Michigan women's studies professor Nadine Hubbs asserts that a core of American classical music developed a gay aesthetic during the mid-20th century. More

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.
The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Jenny Lawhorn, a spokeswoman for Mr. Maazel. In recent days, he had been rehearsing for the Castleton Festival, which takes place on his farm. More

Monday, June 23, 2014

Video: 1980s Dot-Matrix Printer Plays Bach

Draft or letter quality? This old dot-matrix printer churns out more than carefully aligned pages of text. It plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for the (slightly grander) pipe organ.  Listen here!

An A-Z of musical terms

Even if you’ve not picked up an instrument since you were eight and tootled away on a recorder, or stood at the back of a school hall holding a tambourine, you probably know the odd piece of musical terminology – forte, perhaps, or andante might ring a bell. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty more where those came from – and we’ve looked into The Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms to create an A-Z of directions and expression markings in French (F), German (G), and Italian (I).  more

Monday, June 9, 2014

Welcome to the Milton J. Hinton Institute for Studio Bass!

The inaugural Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass will feature a daylong festival on Thursday, June 12, called "Celebrating Milt Hinton.”

Part of a multifaceted new relationship between Oberlin and the estate of the late bassist, the celebration culminates with an evening concert and reception in Oberlin Conservatory's Warner Concert Hall.  More

Popular Singers with the Widest Singing Range

Everyone knows that singers like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera have tremendous vocal range, but who would have thought that Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose could beat them all., "one of the most popular travel services for value conscious leisure travelers", has compiled a list of the singers with the greatest range. They took the top 100 singers as identified by Rolling Stone and added in a few modern artists, including the nominees for the Billboard Music Awards, and used data from the site The Range Place, which compiles lists of the highest and lowest notes sung by artists on their studio recordings, to come up with their rankings. More