Mahler’s inventive modernism and highly expressive writing communicated emotions shaped by his fascinating late-19th century life.
The work remains a crowd favorite. But more and more scholars are starting to see ‘Rhapsody’ as a whitewashed version of Harlem’s vibrant Black music scene.
It is important to learn about these musicians in order to undermine the idea of an exclusively white and male canon of western classical music.
The audience was never fooled by the technology. Instead, they were awe-struck. A phrase I heard murmured over and over was: ‘how do they do it?’.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the most significant forces in 20th century American music – and led a complicated life behind the scenes.
The two symphonies show different sides to Mahler’s musical sensibilities as he shifted from from the late-Romantic to early Modernist,
On the wall of an orphanage in Venice, a musicologist encountered a fresco featuring an aria written for an opera. She’s since embarked on a project to bring this forgotten music back.
What does a conductor do when they stand up and move their hands and baton? What is their role? And how has their way of leading evolved?
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra quietly cancelled its Last Night of the Proms concert scheduled for the eve of the Voice. Do their words match their actions?
The genre has long been viewed as too exclusive, too expensive and too stuffy. Thanks to video games, that’s starting to change.
Western music was often taught to Aboriginal people as preparation for assimilation into white Australian society – but Aboriginal people continued to play the violin even when not prescribed.
The predominantly white European field of music education in the US is changing radically these days as schools confront anti-Black histories.
The Finnish composer passed away Friday at the age of 70. She was someone of immense generosity, incisive knowledge and integrity.
Composer Nicholas Britell festoons earnest Romantic music with sounds that gleefully desecrate it, underscoring the show’s emotional core: a lust for power joined by immense self-loathing.
A new book about female composers in the 19th and 20th centuries misses an opportunity to cast its net wider in the pool of female musical talent and fails to prove the claims of its title.
Iain Grandage’s fourth Perth Festival continued his focus on First Nations performance, together with an exhilarating dose of Black Futurism as well as demanding post-classical music.
‘Tár’ shines a spotlight on the challenges of working in the ultraconservative world of classical music, including complex social issues such as misogyny, racism and homophobia.
The classical music industry has especially high numbers of people drawn from private wealth and educational privilege
Tár muddles fact in with its fiction, creating a skewed impression of a conductor’s power.
A complicated look at power and abuse in classical music.