In 1930, a 29-year-old composer named Ruth Crawford
) became the first woman to ever receive a Guggenheim fellowship—despite the chairman of the awards wondering, of women composers, "Is there any such beast?"
The next year she wrote her modernist masterpiece String Quartet
. [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial
on Aug 13, 2014 -
All of Bach:
Every week, you will find a new recording here of one Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1080 works, performed by The Netherlands Bach Society and many guest musicians.
posted by Cash4Lead
on May 5, 2014 -
"Nobody would believe how difficult it is to be the mother of a Wunderkind. Everything I do is wrong; everything the child does is “for effect”; everything we say is utterly untrue. If Vivien runs up to me and kisses me, I hear it murmured that she is trained to do so. (“Whipped to be affectionate in public!”) So I tell her never to do it again. Immediately people remark how cold I am to the child; how the poor little creature evidently fears me and prefers Fräulein Muller.
We take her with her hoop and skipping-rope to play in the park? It is said we make her pretend to be infantine, force her to act the “happy child” when people are looking on! So we take her toys from her and conduct her for prim walks between us. “Poor little unnatural creature!” say our friends: “she has no child-life at all.”
The Devourer and the Devoured
is a long essay by Emily Hogstad
about the intertwined lives of the novelist Annie Vivanti and her daughter Vivien Chartres, a world-famous violin prodigy, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
posted by escabeche
on Apr 29, 2014 -
, the oldest known Holocaust survivor and subject of the film "The Lady in Number Six"
has died at the age of 110. Before World War II, Alice was a concert pianist who travelled across Europe. During the war, Alice's mother and husband were sent to Auschwitz where they were murdered, and Alice and her six year old son were sent to Theresienstadt. Alice performed more than 100 concerts at Theresienstadt, and immigrated to Israel with her son after surviving the camp. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Feb 23, 2014 -
Last month, the Vine Orchestra
held a call for orchestral scores with durations of less than 6 seconds. Over 150 compositions were entered, and 52 compositions were performed and recorded on December 1st.
You can find all 52 on their youtube playlist
. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk
on Dec 9, 2013 -
Droning around New York's Cooper Union
(a free-tuition school since 1859 - until this year
) on OpenStreetMap, I discovered that it really ties the room together. Nearby are the offices of Village Voice news, Kristal's CBGB site, the Anthology Film Archives, Washington Square, Union Square and ... Antonin Dvorak?? Why's a Czech composer a site in Lower Manhattan? Lets do the James Burke ... [more inside]
posted by Twang
on Aug 2, 2013 -
"Note that Scriabin
did not, for his theory, recognize a difference between a major and a minor tonality of the same name (for example: c-minor and C-Major). Indeed, influenced also
by the doctrines of theosophy
, he developed his system of synesthesia
toward what would have been a pioneering multimedia performance: his unrealized magnum opus Mysterium
was to have been a grand week-long performance including music, scent, dance, and light
in the foothills of the Himalayas Mountains that was somehow to bring about the dissolution of the world in bliss
." - From Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's Wikipedia page [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Mar 25, 2013 -
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is well-known for having been a child prodigy. A previously unknown composition of his, dated c. 1767, when he would have been 11 years old, (PDF of score)
had it's premiere
earlier this week. [more inside]
posted by bardophile
on Mar 25, 2012 -
For centuries, Renaissance composer Alessandro Striggio's "Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno"
, an enormous setting of the Mass for 40 and 60 voices, was thought to be lost to the ages. A few years ago, UC Berkeley musicologist Davitt Moroney discovered that a copy of the work, attributed to a non-existent composer, was hiding right under our noses, in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In an hour-long lecture titled "The Pope, the Emperor and the Grand Duke"
, Professor Moroney recounts the story of the Mass's disappearance and rediscovery, describes the historical significance of the music, and unravels the intriguing geopolitical landscape of 16th century Italy.
posted by archagon
on Sep 28, 2011 -
is a series of videos, audio clips and articles in which noted music journalist and Frankie Goes to Hollywood mastermind Paul Morley explores various facets of music. Each month has a theme, [warning: most links have autoplaying video] Michael Jackson
, classical music
, The Beatles
, folk music
, The X Factor
, the Noughties
, the next big thing
, UK hip hop
, and dance
. Here is some of what's on offer: MeFi faves Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip on hip hop
, These New Puritans' Jack Barnett
, Johnny Marr on folk (parts 1
), but isn't all just interviews, there are also a lot of performances, e.g. Michael Nyman and David McAlmont
, Badly Drawn Boy
, Susanna Wallumrød covers Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak
, and Cornershop cover Norwegian Wood
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Over the past few years, Eric Whitacre
has been taking the composition world by storm. And now he's all over the
web. (Most links silent, personal website has an autoplay rainstorm going on.) His choral works range from the mysterious and brooding Water Night
to the rambunctious modern madrigal, With a Lily In Your Hand
, to the wonderfully lush Sleep
(formerly a setting of Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" - tragically halted by copyright infringement, but still available
thanks to the magic of YouTube). While his instrumental compositions run the spectrum from silly musical parody (Godzilla Eats Las Vegas
) to poignant melancholy (October
) with some delicate crossover between vocal and instrumental (Lux Aurumque
- first choral, then instrumental!). If you are or think you may be even remotely interested in contemporary classical music, you owe it to yourself to become familiar with the work of Eric Whitacre.
posted by greekphilosophy
on Jun 8, 2009 -
at the European Archive. Free and legal lossless downloads of out-of-copyright recordings. Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.
posted by Gyan
on Mar 9, 2009 -
Rejoice, classical music lovers! After closing in October 2007 due to copyright issues, the International Music Score Library Project (previously)
has reopened! (In June, but there's no FPP about it.) From a quick overview, it seems the site has most of every major (pre-20th-century?) composer's opus - far more than any other "free sheet music" website.
posted by archagon
on Oct 20, 2008 -
Why are classical music concerts so serious?
A fascinating history of how and why classic music concerts evolved to become so stuffy: silent formal audience, ridged schedule, and a canonical play-list of the same dead artists over and over - they used to be more fun and spontaneous, until the gatecrashers showed up..
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 8, 2008 -
The Bang on a Can Marathon
is currently in progress at the World Financial Center
in Manhattan. This annual Marathon has taken various forms over the years, with a range of lengths, locations and admission prices; this year's features 26 straight hours of music from around the world, with free admission. Bang on a Can is the 20-year-old
new music presenting, producing and recording group co-founded by composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Jun 3, 2007 -
is a neat site I found while looking for information on a classical piece I'm learning on guitar. It seems to predominantly cover classical music but also covers other genres. It has biographies, mp3s, sheet music and so on.
posted by substrate
on Feb 21, 2007 -
- Hundreds of perfectly scanned "classical" music scores (and parts) in PDF. Chose a composer from the pop-up menu in the middle of the page to browse the available works by that composer.
posted by persona non grata
on Sep 21, 2006 -