Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis directs his orchestra in May 2001.
Composer and political activist Mikis Theodorakis has died at 96, but his music – and the famous Zorba dance – will continue.
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.
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.
Istvan Anhalt at the piano, at a 1950s composition class at McGill University, in Montréal.
(Music Archives at the National Library of Canada)
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, or ‘Yom HaShoah,’ a music scholar recollects how composer Istvan Anhalt’s experiences in Nazi-occupied Hungary informed his later life and music in Canada.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.
By combining the tradition facets with modern music Lloyd Webber reinvigorated the form.
A period of intense dreaming in 1964 shaped the entire body of the late Joseph Shabalala’s songs. In these rare in-depth interviews, he spoke of his beliefs and inspirations.
Two manuscripts of the visionary, writer and composer St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) survived the Dresden bombings after a librarian stashed them in a bank vault.
(Avraham Pisarek/Deutsche Fotothek/Wikimedia)
Two precious manuscripts hidden in a bank vault survived the Allied bombing of Dresden, but one wound up in Soviet hands — until it was smuggled home.
Happy birthday Beethoven, 250 this year. Here, artist Ottmar Hoerl’s sculptural tribute in Bonn, Germany.
This year Ludwig van Beethoven turns 250. Though some of his creations have been overexposed, they are indisputably brilliant. And there are still others waiting to be discovered by music lovers.
Two female models face off in a production of
The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University. Above, the Queen of the Night is up to no good, while the passive Pamina awaits her rescuer.
Princess movies and opera alike reveal the limited number of models available to women. “Le Dernier Sorcier”, composed by Pauline Viardot in 1869, shows that a much richer world is possible.
Most people will never visit Antarctica but music can evoke the continent in myriad ways.
Photo: Meredith Nash
Scientific research into the effects of climate change in Antarctica - and its history of intrepid exploration - is inspiring contemporary Australian composers.
Francesco Francia, Madonna and Saints (detail).
How would a Jacobean servant react to a trumpet flourish?
David A Ellis
The Liverpool comic scored with the third-highest selling single of the 1960s.
George Dreyfus, centre, holding a bassoon and Walter Wurzburger, far left, holding a clarinet.
JC Williamson production 1949
In the late 1930s, Australia sought to restrict the flow of refugees, ruling that musicians were ‘unsuitable’ as migrants. Yet some talented Jewish musicians did arrive here and their work has enriched our cultural life.