Top Five Computers to Outsmart Composers

Friday, June 29, 2012

Computers have shown a prowess for chess and soccer, but composing music? The makers of DarwinTunes have designed a program to create "aesthetically pleasing chords and rhythms.” Here are five others.


Top Five Most Astounding Musical Instrument Thefts

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Recently, a New York flutist had a scare when her instruments went temporarily missing. It inspires this list of the most notorious musical instrument thefts ever.

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Top Five Chips off the Block in Classical Music

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In honor of Father's Day we've gathered five musical dads and their supremely talented kids who are currently making pops proud across international stages.

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Rocker Patti Smith's Top Five Operas

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Since the release of her debut album "Horses" in 1975, Patti Smith has created music rooted in noisy, primitive, three-chord rock & roll. Smith is also an opera lover.

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Top Five Infamous Bans on Classical Music

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Whether because of music’s intrinsic power or a distaste for its composers, the art form seems to be scrutinized more than others, as these five examples illustrate.

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Top Five Faked Classical Performances

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The tenor Jonas Kaufmann recently admitted that he lip synched his performance of the Champions League soccer match. But he's not the first to fake a performance. Here are our top five.

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Top Five Classical Music Fests for Foodies

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Along with independent movie theaters and sports stadiums, music festivals are no longer a culinary wasteland littered with funnel cakes and soft pretzels.

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The Ebène Quartet's Top Five String Quartets

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Members of the Ebène Quartet, an ensemble from Paris with credits in standard classical repertoire but also jazz and pop, name their five favorite string quartets.


Top Five Classical Commencement Speakers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now is the time of caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance and more than a few speeches offering worldly advice to this year’s crop of college graduates.

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Top Five Classical Pieces For and About Moms

Thursday, May 10, 2012

As we celebrate Mother's Day, we take a look at some of the composers who commemorated these life-giving women in music with our top pieces for and about mom.

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'Barihunk' Nathan Gunn's Top Shirtless Roles

Monday, May 07, 2012

Baritone Nathan Gunn has received almost as much fame for his strapping build — and unbuttoned shirts — as for his vocal and dramatic prowess. He names five roles in which he had to s...

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Top Five Competition Controversies

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:

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Top Five Most Underrated Instruments

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.

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Top Five Musically-Inspired Paintings Displayed in New York

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.

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Top Five Pieces About the Titanic

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.

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Top Five Easter Week Performances

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.

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Top Five Digital Archive Projects in Classical Music

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.

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Top Five Uses of Opera as a Plot Device in Cinema

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.

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Top Five Beers for Classical Music Listeners

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.

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Top Five Composers as Deep Philosophers

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.

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