The Pointy End

The etiquette box: The culture of classical music needs redress

It's time for classical music presenters to think outside the box.

Sight Lines

Orchestra Playing 'The Rite of Spring' Without a Conductor

A work like that needs a skilled conductor to hold everything together, a fact that makes the orchestra Les Dissonances' recent performance all the more impressive.


Hide And Seek

For a while, hidden tracks were everywhere, especially during the CD era. But thanks to streaming music, there’s nowhere to put them. Is that good or bad?


Le Sultanat d'Oman, nouveau paradis pour l'opéra

Depuis quelques années, les pays du monde arabe, et plus spécialement de la péninsule arabique, ont inauguré des salles d'opéra.

France Musique

When Did We Start Cheering For Music Encores?

When you’re at a concert, classical or otherwise, you might feel that an encore is a given — even if the music was OK at best.


The last thing you'll ever hear: what is the world's best deathbed music?

Why is there so little music for the dying? Maybe we’re shy of these fragile moments, feeling they’re too intimate to intrude upon with any extraneous sounds.

The Guardian

Now computers are writing perfectly acceptable pop songs

"Ugh," my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . "This music sounds like it was written by a computer".


John Philip Sousa Feared ‘The Menace of Mechanical Music’

That’s why he foresaw our age of earbuds and the CDs, eight-tracks and records that came before it. And he wasn’t on board for any of it.


La saga des droits du Boléro de Ravel

Les Paradise Papers révèlent que la saga des droits d’auteur de Maurice Ravel passe encore et toujours par les paradis fiscaux : Les Pays-Bas et l'île de Malte.

France Musique

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