Pierre Boulez, Modernist Legend, Dies at 90

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who wielded incalculable influence on the modern music scene, died at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany, on Tuesday, January 5. He was 90. Boulez gained fame as an uncompromising champion of the avant-garde and ranked among the towering figures of European modernism in the…

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Best of 2015: Top 10 Classical Discoveries

Forget about dead white guys for the moment: Classical music isn’t just what was written centuries ago, and it’s definitely not all in the past. Let’s pay tribute to the creative imagination of composers at work today — all of them are very much alive and pushing the…

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Return to 'Star Wars': John Williams Awakens the Musical Force

If you’re a Star Warsfan, chances are you’ve absorbed expert-level knowledge about the music that goes along with the films. You’re probably able to identify the iconic theme within a second or two of hearing it — and can even do the same, perhaps, for many other tracks…

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Multifaceted Mason Bates Takes on Steve Jobs

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about the new film portrayal of Steve Jobs, which one critic dubbed a “kind of talk opera.” Turns out there’s an actual opera about Steve Jobs in the pipeline, and it’s by one of the most interesting young American composers…

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