“Without music life would be a mistake.”

~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Myth, Muzak and Mozart

As the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth approaches, Proms director Nicholas Kenyon offers a personal guide to enjoying his work

How do we know what we think we know about Mozart? And why is he still the most popular composer of the western classical tradition? He is one of the most written-about, dissected and mythologised composers in the history of western music. A Google search just before the 250th anniversary of his birth offers more than 5m entries…read more.

Culture Shock

The actor Edward Petherbridge enjoys a freestyle rap gig courtesy of his son Arthur, and in return introduces him to Mozart and Strauss

Edward: I found Freestyle Love Supreme utterly infectious. The performers take names of film stars and famous singers from the audience – and it was largely a young audience, only one or two oldies there. Anyway, they called out the names of all these singers, most of whom I had never heard of, and the rappers made up songs about them. I suppose I recognised about 3-4% of the names that were being bandied about, but there was one moment where somebody from the crowd called out “Lana Turner”, and the MC said “Laura Turner”. He clearly didn’t have the faintest idea who she was, and I was suddenly aware of this great knowledge gap that exists between generations…read more.

What Does Stuffiness Mean…

… and is classical music stuffy simply because no one “dances in the aisles” or boos or hisses? Does this really imply “smugness”? In addition, is stuffiness what results in some people dressing to the nines to attend a concert. Should people dress up for a concert?…read more.


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