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And all that Jazz

Jazz and classical music—an unlikely friendship? Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington started the conversation, and we want to listen.

🎧 One Thing to Listen for Ravel’s Boléro

A single rhythmic cell is repeated 150+ times, yet the piece is far from static. How does Ravel do it? Timbre, orchestration, and one really long crescendo.

Top Conductors: Stick it to the Woman

“Honored to be the first, but shocked that we can be in this year, in this century, and there can still be...

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Berg’s incomplete Lulu...

Alban Berg's Lulu, premiered in just two acts, depicts a morally decaying and travestied world, and one that was utterly repellent to the Nazi regime...

Karajan versus Karajan: How different can two Eroicas be?

Karajan recorded two versions of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” both featuring the same orchestra. Is one definitive? Two Karajans battle it out...

Playlist: What is contemporary ballet?

What is contemporary ballet? A school of dance that draws inspiration from the past but speaks the language of the present? Let's put tu and tu together...

This Week in Music History: The opening of Carnegie Hall (1891)

Carnegie Hall opened its doors for the first time in 1981, Tchaikovsky ushering in a thriving new age of live music and public events in New York City.

Three recent novels for classical music lovers

Attention all bookworms! Here are our picks of recent novels for classical music lovers, ranging from political thrillers to historical fiction...

This Week in Music History: Yehudi Menuhin is born (1916)

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin broke borders both national and musical, earning praise from the likes of Ravi Shankar, Duke Ellington, and Albert Einstein along the way.

10 Dinner Party Facts about “Der Chef” Herbert von Karajan

"Der Chef's" legend lives on through his unprecedented video legacy. But how much do we know about the conductor behind the camera? Here are 10 fun facts.