The Minor Greatness of Benjamin Britten
January 31, 2014
Benjamin Britten was England’s great hope for serious modern music. So why was he happy to make so many small, precious works—and do they stand the test of time?
There is much more to the composer's quartets than folksy charm.
Gay Life at the Opera
October 31, 2013
Opera also provided gay people a shared language for emotional expression, first through its extremity of emotion and frequent depiction of doomed love, and later through the virtuosic argot of camp.
America's Orchestras are in Crisis
August 25, 2013
Quit trying to popularize classical music. It only undermines what makes orchestras great.