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Composing a symphonic landscape: Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. Wikimedia Commons

Decoding the music masterpieces: Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony

With An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss achieved something remarkable: the painting of the German alps, complete with cow meadows and waterfalls, in sound.
Carl Seffner’s 1908 statue of J.S. Bach in front of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. pixy/shutterstock

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue is a work of high art. But in keeping with the late works of artists such as Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goya, it contains elements of pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy.
Best Classical Album winners Flight Facilities, playing at the ARIA award ceremony last year. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

ARIAs still matter to artists, but what do they say about us?

High-profile awards ceremonies are often only as interesting as the controversies they create. The 2016 ARIA Awards has started strongly in this area. Although the main ceremony is still a month away…
Trump’s use of a Puccini aria has caused some raised eyebrows. Michael Reynolds/EPA // Wikimedia Commons

How to negotiate the tricky territory of ‘fascist music’

Donald Trump has been accused of using a 'fascist' Puccini aria at rallies. But labelling this music as fascist is deeply problematic.
Women face serious barriers to reaching the upper echelons of classical composing and conducting. Nicki Mannix

The sound of silence: why aren’t Australia’s female composers being heard?

The rate of female composers working in Australia hasn't risen in seven years. At one leading ensemble, 41 of 47 composers commissioned have been men. What's going wrong, and how can it be fixed?
French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand presents Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (centre) with the highest decoration in France, Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, in 2011. Wikimedia Commons

The case for the music of Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt created contemplative and innovative music during the most oppressive years of the Soviet Union.
During the 1890s Sibelius cemented his position as Finland’s leading composer. Allan Watt/ Helsinki, Sibelius Monument

The case for the music of Jean Sibelius

The classical music world is marking the 150th anniversary of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius with concerts across Finland and in Australia too. But who was the man behind the music?
Music and astronomy have been intimately linked since antiquity. AAP Image/ NASA

What might Pluto sound like? Our musical love affair with the cosmos

From Twinkle Twinkle to Space Odyssey and beyond, humans have always turned to music to help deal with the profoundly confronting enormity of the cosmos. Is that a match made in the heavens?
What’s the point of being a great musician if it comes at the cost of a life well lived? chibi_m

Classical music training and abuse cultures – we need to act now

Like the medical profession, classical music is being forced publicly to confront an endemic culture of sexual harassment. Self-regulation has failed young musicians and action is long overdue.

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