John Williams’ compositions have an unparalleled reach. He defined the sound of the 20th century.
Two arts companies’ creative choices in interpreting Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for our times provide an opportunity to consider future directions for classical music.
Machines have been getting better at mimicking improvisation. But can this distinctly human process serve as a bulwark against the mechanization of life and art?
Many features of proteins are analogous to music. Mapping these features together creates new musical compositions that help researchers learn about proteins.
In popular media, Beethoven is imagined as a punk rocker. But what do these claims reflect about our relationship to classical music?
A ballet about a mythical bird, Igor Stravinsky’s composition has gone on to make myths of its own.
There is a lot of classical music written in response to the terrible events of 9/11, however, not all of it should have been written.
Premiering in 1937 in Frankfurt during the Third Reich, there is a ritualistic force to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This makes it a guilty pleasure for some and perfect fodder for ad jingles.
A formula found often in nature, many artists believe that following the golden ratio leads to the most aesthetically pleasing work. It can also accidentally turn up in musicals.
As a concert pianist, Scott Davie has been searching for the spirit of Chopin since his teens. It’s taken him to Paris and Majorca and channeled tantalising notes through time.
Woolf thought of her books as music before she wrote them so it is unsurprising that her writing influenced the work of composers.
It’s repetitive — playing the same drum rhythm like a heartbeat — with two simple melodies entwined. But this masterful composition shifts just when it needs to.
Four Indigenous composers were asked to create works for a square piano from a painful period in our nation’s history. They did so in creative, honest and powerful ways.
The genius of Bluey isn’t just in its characters and stories of family life. The hit show’s soundtrack sets the mood, plays with the narrative and draws on classical scores.
A match made in heaven or a doubtful duet?
In his work, many heard freedom as espoused by contemporary Enlightenment philosophers, like Immanuel Kant.
Assessing around 500 of the composer’s correspondence, we are able to see how a rise in sadness and other negative emotions resulted in increased creative productivity.
From ‘Comfort ye’ to the Hallelujah chorus, the music of the Messiah is a much-loved Christmas tradition. Yet it was originally written as an Easter offering.
A composer and performer talks about the impact of the pandemic on classical music performances and his experience composing in isolation.
The classical music scene in Canada is shaped by histories and hierarchies that reinforce racism and cultural appropriation. Black classical musicians are calling for systemic change.