Friday, May 04, 2012
Whether generated by the appeal of reality television or the means of promoting talented musicians, competitions seem to be more popular than ever these days. While we’ll let the experts debate the worth of these contests, they certainly have made the careers of some musicians and also created scandals, of which we’ve collected the five most notorious:
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
This week, The Economist’s More Intelligent Life Web site began polling readers on “Which Instrument Is the Best?” We've come up with a list of our own, for the symphony orchestra.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
We’ve picked our top five musically inspired works of art hanging in New York museums, including art by Chagall, Picasso and Kandinsky.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Over the last century, the Titanic tragedy has spawned several books, movies, musicals and plenty of music. Here are five notable pieces.
Monday, April 02, 2012
Whether it’s in spite of—or due to—the solemnity of the holiday, Easter and its lead up has inspired some of the greatest art in the Western canon. Here are five standouts.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
A few organizations have been at the forefront in establishing enviable collections of freely-available manuscripts on the Web. Here are five standouts.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The "Godfather" franchise, which turned 40 last week, will be forever connected to Pietro Mascagni’s Cavelleria rusticana. But Hollywood has long included live opera performances as plot devices.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This St. Patrick's Day, as you raise a glass, make it a melodious one with our top five brews that have or had ties to opera and classical music.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
There's little doubt about music’s power to convey feeling. Some composers go farther and try to express metaphysical and epistemological, not to mention esthetic ideals within their works.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
We caught up with Alison Balsom on her American tour to find out where she likes to stay when she's on the road. Here are her five favorite hotels.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Jeremy Lin’s rise in sports is relatively unprecedented but musicians have periodically stepped in to replace an ailing star, and immediately started building their own legends.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
It wouldn't be an Academy Awards season with out a snub -- perceived or real. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross can join the company of Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone and Duke Ellington.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
While music might be the food of love, here are five pieces that may just make our hearts sick because they’ve become clichés.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Which classical artist won more statuettes than Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand and the Beatles combined? Check out our list to find out more.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
We all know what they say about making a first impression. Eric Owens shares his list of the top five character entrances in opera and the music that accompanies them.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Though sports and arts fall in separate sections of the newspaper, the pair come into contact frequently. Our favorite things the concert hall has adopted from the gridiron follow.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born New York-based composer, edited the anthology Selection of Classic Chinese Folk Songs. He shares his five favorites in this video.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Lang Lang's flamboyant performing style has earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it's telling that he has staked out that composer's work as a specialty. He explains why in this video.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Chinese lore claims that the Year of the Dragon will be an auspicious one, full of particularly favorable happenings. We’ve gathered our favorite musical appearances of the mythological beast.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Youth orchestras are by no means a new invention and -- despite a challenging job market for musicians -- are responsible for ushering several great musicians into world-class careers. Here are five of the best: