Music, Theatre & Art Reflections

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  • 11 Dec 2023
    Roseen Giles

    Listening to the Unexpected: Monteverdi and the Marvellous

    How do we learn to listen? Like most worthwhile things, listening well takes time, practice, and perseverance. While it might seem like good music ought to reveal its fruits intuitively to curious listeners, even the most visceral and immediate connection to music is a complex interchange of expectations and experiences. The most skilled composer guides […]

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  • 14 Sep 2023
    Alexandra Wilson

    Puccini in Context

    Image Credit: Elvira Puccini, Giacomo Puccini, Antonio Puccini Archivio Storico Ricordi, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Giacomo Puccini is one of the world’s most famous and beloved opera composers and rarely a season goes by when any given opera company will not stage one or another of his works. You might be forgiven […]

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  • 7 Nov 2022
    Peter Reed

    Performing Haitian Revolution

    The Haitian Revolution, which began with slave uprisings in the French colony of Saint Domingue in 1791 and resulted in the 1804 declaration of Haitian independence, was a major part of the Age of Revolutions.  It was the world’s second major post-colonial revolution, after the US Revolution.  In ending slavery, it was the first revolution […]

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  • 25 Nov 2021
    Bryce Lease, Michal Kobialka, Katarzyna Fazan

    A History of Polish Theatre

    A History of Polish Theatre offers a new and original look at the complex pasts of Polish theatre. The editors wished to move away from strictly devised forms of periodization, and instead build historical narratives through ‘constellations’, a direct reference to Walter Benjamin, who constructed novel conceptions of historical time and historical intelligibility based on […]

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  • 22 Jul 2020
    Florian Coulmas

    Loneliness, Helping Hands, TRUTH: One hundred voices on Covid-19

    Until December 2019, I was in Nanjing, some five hundred kilometres from Wuhan where the first cases of the new lung disease were then discovered. When things unfolded in January, I initially felt a sense of having escaped a potentially fatal danger by a hair’s breadth; only to realize a bit later that this wasn’t […]

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  • 13 May 2020
    James Chandler

    Songs for a Sad Season

    Singer-songwriter John Prine fell ill with the Covid-19 virus in March and eventually succumbed to it on April 7. He was a balladeer of the common man, a poet of everyday life with a knack for folding narrative fragments into an elemental lyricism very much in the manner of Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. He got his […]

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  • 11 May 2020
    Simon P. Keefe

    Mozart, Epidemics and Hope

    I have always been fascinated by the imposing Pestsäule (Plague Column) in Vienna, erected by Emperor Leopold I soon after the plague epidemic of 1679 that killed as many as 75,000 people. Situated on the Graben, Vienna’s most famous thoroughfare, it attracts little attention from the hoards of tourists eager to walk from St Stephen’s […]

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  • 11 May 2020
    Sarah Day-O'Connell

    In Light of Cancelled Creation, Haydn at Home

    “Bombardment of Vienna on the night of the 12th of May [1809],” from the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San José State University.

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