How did England's best composer accomplish so much when he aimed for so little?
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.
Between homoeroticism and kitsch
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.
How an effort to popularize classical music undermines what makes orchestras great.
Quit trying to popularize classical music. It only undermines what makes orchestras great.