Music the artform and artists

Results of the 64th International Rostrum of Composers

Brut (2014) by Polish composer Artur Zagajewski (born 1978) and Reachings (2014) by young Finnish composer Sebastian Hilli (born 1990) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 64th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Palermo, from May 15 to 19, 2017.

Rostrum+

EXIB Música, a music market with a conscience

An exhibition specialising in music from Latin America, Spain and Portugal that promotes the sharing of goods and services based on cooperation, diversity and identity.

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A Portuguese Ballad Earns Country’s First Eurovision Victory

Salvador Sobral of Portugal broke one of Eurovision’s longest-running losing streaks on Saturday night, scooping up the country’s first-ever win with the uncharacteristically somber ballad, “Amar Pelos Dois.”

The New York Times

How Brahms’s ‘A German Requiem’ Became an Anthem for Our Time

“A German Requiem,” it appears, has become something of an anthem for our time, with grand social and political reverberations.

The New York Times

Why we should celebrate Bessie Smith and the women who created pop music

You didn't need to lean in to hear Bessie Smith sing. Her rich voice, trained to project to and reach audiences on the live circuit, filled rooms and rang out from radio and record.

ABC

Rare 15th-century songbook discovered

A rare music manuscript was presented on Monday 24 April at Huis van de Polyfonie in Heverlee. The songbook, which was named the ‘Leuven Chansonnier’, was discovered in 2014 at a sale by a Brussels auction house.

Flanders Arts Institute

Those Timeless Tunes of the 1940s, ’60s, and ’80s

New research suggests the top pop hits of those even-numbered decades haven’t lost their appeal.

PS Mag

Opera wants more realistic portrayals. But in casting, it’s all about the voice.

These days, the opera field itself is effectively sabotaging the argument that voice type comes first.

The Washington Post

History of Muzak: Where Did All The Elevator Music Go?

Of Muzak, Professor Gary Gumpert of Queens College, in a 1990 interview for Britain’s Channel 4, said: “[it’s] a kind of amniotic fluid that surrounds us; and it never startles us, it is never too loud, it is never too silent; it’s always there.”

WQXR


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