John Williams (‘Star Wars’) could add to his massive Grammy haul if he can beat ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Shape of Water’

John Williams (‘Star Wars’) could add to his massive Grammy haul if he can beat ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Composer John Williams has won 24 Grammys over the course of his career for scores ranging from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” to “Schindler’s List,” to “Memoirs of a Geisha.” That places him seventh ...

Friday’s best TV: BBC Proms 2016; George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces; Goodnight Sweetheart

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic tackle Mahler and Boulez. Plus, George Clarke noses around beach huts and bathing machines, and two sitcom favourites return Mahler! Who doesn’t love a bit of ...

Friday’s best TV: Pierre Boulez at the BBC; The Last Leg Goes Down Under; Music Moguls: Masters of Pop; Spin

Commemorative trawl through the BBC archive of the irascible French composer and conductor; comedians travel through the outback; PR in pop past and future; Plus: Anne Visage triumphs in the ...

In Defense of the Eagles, and Not Being a Jerk About Recently Deceased Musicians

I noticed that even as 99% of my Facebook friends were eulogizing the late David Bowie in reverential terms, there were a few dissenters. Aside from a non-musical issue*, the most negative thing I saw ...

On Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)

Boulez Is Dead. In 1952, when the French composer, conductor, sage, and musical potentate Pierre Boulez was in his 20s, he concluded a biting essay about his elder, Arnold Schoenberg, with the ...

French Composers

In the wake of the terrible attacks in Paris, I found myself listening to a lot of French music and thinking about the Leonard Bernstein quote going around on Facebook: "This will be our reply to ...

Wojciech Kilar obituary

Polish composer of film music best known for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Death and the Maiden, and The Pianist Very few 20th-century classical composers set out with the intention of writing music for ...

The Rest Is Noise Festival: New World Order

Pluralism is the defining feature of music at the end of the 20th century – from the minimalist film music of Michael Nyman to the lush sounds of Toru Takemitsu to the spectralist works that explored ...

Anniversaries: The Rite of Spring Premiered 100 Years Ago

The thing about Pierre Monteux's May 29, 1913 premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris for Serge Diaghilev's ...

TV highlights 01/03/2013

Live Athletics | Barenboim And Boulez At The Proms | Live Super League | Mary And Martha | Wild Arabia | The Mentalist | Duck Dynasty Live Athletics 3.40pm, BBC2 Jonathan Edwards presents live ...

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett obituary

Composer and pianist whose work included film scores, opera and jazz cabaret The composer Richard Rodney Bennett, who has died in New York aged 76, pursued multiple musical lives with extraordinary ...

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett obituary

Composer and pianist whose work included film scores, opera and jazz cabaret The composer Richard Rodney Bennett, who has died in New York aged 76, pursued multiple musical lives with extraordinary ...

Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett dies aged 76

Versatile musician was equally at home writing jazz and film scores as music for the concert hall Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, one of Britain's most versatile and talented composers and performers, ...

What are your 2012 cultural highlights?

Open thread: Was it Skyfall, or the opening ceremony? A new building or visual artwork? Or maybe it happened outside the UK? Tell us what cultural events most thrilled you in 2012 The architecture of ...

Anniversaries: Claude Debussy Born 150 Years Ago

Born August 22, 1862 in St.-Germaine-en-Laye, France, Claude-Achille Debussy was a child prodigy pianist who was admitted to the Paris Conservatory at age 10. Now generally considered to have been the ...

Anniversaries: Mahler Premiered His Third Symphony 110 Years Ago

Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor is his longest, a six-movement ode to Nature and the World. It includes a children's choir and a contralto soloist but is largely instrumental, using a quite large ...

Max Mathews obituary

A computer music pioneer, he influenced 2001: A Space Odyssey Max Mathews, who has died aged 84, wrote the first computer music program and influenced the conception of Hal 9000, the computer in ...

Patrice Chéreau: 'It's Ok to be hated'

From outraging Wagner purists to snubbing Hollywood, Patrice Chéreau is forever going against the grain. Now the great French director has turned his sights on British theatre. Patrice Chéreau, the ...

2011 Grammy winners: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire win big

The 2011 Grammy Awards were big for the ladies -- country trio Lady Antebellum took home the most awards with five, while Lady Gaga earned three. Eminem had two honors, but Alternative Rock group ...

Pajiba After Dark 10/27/10

Halloween week just keeps rolling on tonight with a whole slew of new Halloween themed episodes for your viewing enjoyment. I actually don't have a lot of time for TV this week since forces have ...

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