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SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
A Subversive, Symphonic Response to Stalin
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony mocked the dictator while bowing to him.
March 10, 2017
Why Do We Still Love Tchaikovsky?
A composer who shouldn’t be popular, but is.
January 17, 2017
‘Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5’ Review
Bootlegs reveal the inner workings of Miles Davis’s creative process.
November 7, 2016
An Oddball Modernist at 150
Erik Satie’s legacy includes instantly recognizable music, complex works and odd philosophical pronouncements that still inspire artists.
May 16, 2016
Minimalist Music’s Liquid Architecture
An interdisciplinary performance of Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ at the RISD Museum.
December 16, 2015
Exploring György Ligeti, Master of the Musical Universe
Thanks to his endless imagination, György Ligeti remains a respected composer almost a decade after his death. Now he’s being honored with performances at Lincoln Center and an interactive website that dives into his music.
August 17, 2015
Are Classical Music Competitions Good for the Kids Who Play in Them?
Competitions for teenage musicians keep growing in popularity, but do they hurt or help the young artists who participate in them?
August 11, 2015
Shining New Light on an Old Standard (PDF)
When it comes to Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, a well-trodden work turns out to be not what it has seemed.
April 17, 2015
Transforming the Slight Into the Sublime: On Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations,” Op. 120.
Beethoven created a virtuosic showpiece out of a mundane tune with his “Diabelli Variations.”
December 5, 2014
Impersonation Instead of Interpretation
Have music recordings harmed piano-playing?
November 10, 2014
The Genius of Miles
Herbie Hancock gives the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard University on 'The Wisdom of Miles Davis.'
February 4, 2014
A Bleaker 'Mountain'
The boys are back on "Brokeback Mountain" in an opera written by Annie Proulx and composer Charles Wuorinen.
January 27, 2014
Where the Craftsmen Are Women
On an unassuming street in an unglamorous part of Florence, ancient pianos are conserved, restored and offered for sale.
January 1, 2014
When the Culture Changed
Cultural Conversation with Liu Shih Kun
June 18, 2013
Cello's Golden Age Comes to a Close
May 7, 2013
Plumbing the Depths
With Richard Goode
April 29, 2013
Five Best: Stuart Isacoff
On the Musician in Society
March 22, 2013
He's Kept Growing
Cultural Conversation with Charles Lloyd
March 13, 2013
With Music on Their Mind
Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness
August 8, 2012
Songs of a Feather Flock Together
Mostly Mozart Festival
August 1, 2012
A Sinuous Theme That Bears Repeating
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
June 15, 2012
The Guy With Four Sticks
Iconic jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton looks back at five decades in jazz with honesty about the industry and himself.
August 31, 2011
A Bigger Band, the Same Steady Hand
After 50 years in the business and 2,500 album credits, bassist Ron Carter is finally fronting a big band.
August 30, 2011
The Medievalists Go Modern
Hilliard Ensemble performs with Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek.
November 12, 2010
Moving Toward The Modern
A dance spectacle by the Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
November 1, 2010
Denk and Ives, Partners in Pianism
Jeremy Denk Plays Charles Ives
October 19, 2010
The Musical Adventurer Comes to Play
September 21, 2010
The Neuroscience of Jazz
Pianist Vijay Iyer has found the sweet spot where his two loves—physics and jazz—intersect.
September 6, 2010
The More Melodies, the Merrier
At Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard Explores the Musical Marvels of Polyphony
August 13, 2010
Clap, Slap, Stomp and Shuffle
A free concert featuring the "International Body Music Festival"
August 12, 2010
Revisiting A Revolution
Lincoln Center Offers a Crash Course In the Radical Music of Edgard Varèse
July 17, 2010
His Intimate Creations
Beethoven's piano sonatas grip us and refuse to let go
June 5, 2010
Instruments From Every Single Nation
Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
May 20, 2010
This Is Your Brain On Music
From neuroscience to rehabilitation medicine, studying the link between the body and mind.
December 18, 2009
Alicia de Larrocha, Shy Virtuoso
Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha
October 7, 2009
Inspired by Kandinsky
September 23, 2009
How To Find A Missing Masterpiece
A new release of a forgotten work, “Song of the Stars” by the esteemed Spanish composer Enrique Granados, is real cause for celebration.
July 20, 2009
A Great Piano Teacher Remembered
Joseph Bloch, a pianist and scholar
March 19, 2009