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Seven of the best… works by Ernest Bloch

Seven of the best… works by Ernest Bloch

For Ernest Bloch's 136th birthday, Alec Evans selects the composer's finest works

The best classical music for summer

The best classical music for summer

We celebrate music inspired by the summer

Dealing with stage fright

Dealing with stage fright

Don’t be fooled by the cool, calm exterior: stage fright affects even the very best musicians. Hannah Nepil investigates a phenomenon that can wreck careers...

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

John Bridcut on one of the 20th century’s truly great magical pairings

Why didn’t famous composers write national anthems?

Why didn’t famous composers write national anthems?

National anthems are among the most regularly heard and instantly recognisable pieces of music of all, so why have virtually none been written by well-known composers? Alex Marshall investigates...

Classical Blues

Classical Blues

Which classical musicians should have a blue plaque?

Why do we have barlines?

Why do we have barlines?

Music is by its nature free and flowing, so how did it become hemmed in by the rhythmical prison of the barline? And how did it escape? Ivan Hewett explains

5 of the best works by Clara Schumann

5 of the best works by Clara Schumann

Charlotte Perkins explores the music of the Romantic composer

Whose tune is it anyway?

Whose tune is it anyway?

So, who wrote Albinoni’s beautiful Adagio? And what about Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor? The answers are not that obvious, says Roderick Swanston, as not all music was written by who we think it was…

Musical memory | Why are orchestras learning symphonies off by heart?

Musical memory | Why are orchestras learning symphonies off by heart?

Stephen Johnson meets members of the orchestra whose trademark is its memory 

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