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How Franz Schmidt became the composer that history forgot

How Franz Schmidt became the composer that history forgot | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

The radiant music of Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, once feted by the Nazis, is haunted by its past. Ahead of the Proms premiere of his Symphony No 2, Gavin Plumley explains why it is time to listen afresh.


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Bard reviving Ethel Smyth's forgotten opera

Bard reviving Ethel Smyth's forgotten opera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Every summer, a small college campus 100 miles north of New York City is transformed into a unique kind of archaeological site.

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Ennio Morricone to Score Upcoming Quentin Tarantino Movie 'The Hateful Eight'

Ennio Morricone to Score Upcoming Quentin Tarantino Movie 'The Hateful Eight' | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Mr. Morricone, along with director Sergio Leone, helped pioneer the Spaghetti Western genre, having produced such films as; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody.

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Women composers nearly absent in orchestra programs

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Women composers remain almost entirely unrepresented in the concert programs of major U.S. orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra.That is among findings of a new study...

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Debussy and the Great War - OUPblog

Debussy and the Great War - OUPblog | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

By Eric Frederick Jensen.

When war was declared in the summer of 1914, Claude Debussy was fifty-one. Widely regarded as the greatest living French composer, he lived in Paris in a fashionable, elegant neighborhood near the Bois de Boulogne. Politics had never held much interest for him, and as the movement toward war increased in both France and Germany, Debussy’s focus was on more personal matters. He worried about his growing debt, a result of consistently living beyond his means. And he was frightened by his lack of productivity: in the past few years he’d produced only a handful of compositions. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/07/claude-debussy-and-the-great-war/#sthash.FBt2MN9I.dpuf


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Film score composers should be treated as 'seriously' as Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Royal Albert Hall director says - Telegraph

Film score composers should be treated as 'seriously' as Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Royal Albert Hall director says - Telegraph | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Film scores should be treated as "serious" classical music, with modern composers doing a similar job as Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Puccini, a director of the Royal Albert Hall argues

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Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise: Smyth & Britten

Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise: Smyth & Britten | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Listening to Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers at Bard, I thought, as many have thought before me, of Peter Grimes. The coastal village setting, the counterpoint of church hymns and solo voices, the massed choruses of suspicion and rage, the ostracizing...

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Giuseppe Verdi letters bought by retirement home he founded

Giuseppe Verdi letters bought by retirement home he founded | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Facility he created for retired musicians snaps up missives for knock-down price after authorities rule buyer must live in Italy.


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James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer, dies in plane crash aged 61

James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer, dies in plane crash aged 61 | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Prolific film composer who also scored Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart and Apollo 13, died in his own single-engine plane in Southern California

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Symphony guide: Vaughan Williams's A Pastoral Symphony

Symphony guide: Vaughan Williams's A Pastoral Symphony | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The word “pastoral” disguises the true intentions of Vaughan Williams’s third symphony, which confronted the horrors of the first world war

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Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen's music

Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen's music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

For Weir, the first woman in the position, it means supporting composers and exploring the state of music education. Judith Weir must be the most modest master of the Queen's music in the job's 388-year history.


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Symphony guide: Louise Farrenc's Third

Symphony guide: Louise Farrenc's Third | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Farrenc’s symphony is as impressively energetic and structurally satisfying as any of Mendelssohn’s or Schumann’s symphonies – so does that make it “male” or “female”? Who cares? Enjoy getting to know this shamefully neglected work, writes Tom Service

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