A composer and performer talks about the impact of the pandemic on classical music performances and his experience composing in isolation.
Toy pianos typically have a range of 12-36 keys, roughly one quarter the range of a full piano. But they are used by composers and music makers to write everything from concertos to pop songs.
Joplin's voice stirs something deep within us. What is it about her that still makes us listen?
What is musicology and why is it important?
Live music venues must be helped to survive the COVID-19 era.
BTS has broken record after record but the industry still discounts K-pop as not pop.
Nick Cave's ongoing letters to fans, begun after a period of intense mourning over the death of his son, have much to say about suffering, mercy and meaning-making.
Big Brother Naija continues to dominate cultural conversations among African youth. Is this Nigeria's strongest PR move?
There is not much information on artefacts used by Stone Age humans to make sound and music – but the first comprehensive survey is a good start.
How do elements of Fela Kuti's music get reproduced by today's pop musicians?
With his wonderful voice, fondness for strings and whistling and sad, beautiful stories, this American singer-songwriter lifts the spirits.
The recent furor from senior academics in response to a public lecture about the whiteness of music education reflects a longstanding race problem in music — it's time to address this.
A team of scholars have been documenting the sound of worship for six years. Since the lockdown, they have heard a different form of religious expression.
Released in 1980, AC/DC's Back in Black established a sound and a way bands could be powerful brands that would reverberate through rock for years to come.
Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.
We can celebrate Dame Vera while rejecting racist myths about Second World War Britain and those who seek to use Lynn to advance a xenophobic nostalgia.
Is music the best medium to respond to traumatic events like the COVID-19 pandemic? A recent history of such pieces suggests maybe not.
The Italian musician had a illustrious career as a composer. From his work on Spaghetti Westerns to his chamber pieces, he developed a style that was instantly recognisable.
The composer of over 500 film scores, Morricone was embraced by Hollywood — but he was always an Italian composer.
Exposure to loud noise is the biggest preventable cause of hearing loss.