Danish composer Bent Sorensen has been named winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, which doles out a rare prize of $100,000, one of the biggest monetary prizes among composition awards.
Everyone knows the sounds of Halloween: creaky floorboards, howling winds, the amplified sound of a beating heart. But back in the day, the devil was said to exist in a particular musical tone: the devil's interval.
Martin Luther started a theological revolution that ignited wars, reshaped Europe and influenced culture in many ways, including the creation of two ideas that underlie some of Germany's greatest music.
Understanding young audiences is key to engaging them, say Minnesota Opera staff - but, they add, connecting their art form with new audiences doesn't just mean catering to millennials. Only a small fraction of all Americans attend opera in any given year, so there's room for growth across all demographics.
Classical host Bill Morelock shares a reflection on the work of contemporary composer Daniel Gilliam. 'An art song is a gemstone, cut to perfection. That's something we all can appreciate,' Morelock writes. 'It's delicate work, as in our jewel simile, involving subtleties and small details that require attention to apprehend.'
Musical genius is about more than what music you write: it's about when you write it, and where you put it. Philip Glass has been in a lot of the right places, at a lot of the right times, for 80 years and counting.