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'It's Familiar To All The Women In My Family:' Adapting Von Trier For The Opera

September 24, 2016

Composer Missy Mazzoli wouldn't call Lars von Trier's film Breaking the Waves, a feminist project. But its portrayal of a woman's experience was part of what drew her to help reimagine it onstage.

James Horner's Posthumous Works Tell A Story Of His Life

September 22, 2016

The composer passed away a little over a year ago. Two final works, a film score for The Magnificent Seven and a horn concerto, prove that his emotional approach to storytelling endures.

Composer Julia Wolfe Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

September 22, 2016

The New York composer is one of 23 individuals picked this year for the prestigious annual prize, which comes with $625,000.

First Listen: John Adams, 'Scheherazade.2'

September 22, 2016

Violence against women, and a smart storyteller from the Arabian Nights, inspired John Adams' "dramatic symphony," featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz.

Critical Condition: Revisiting Composer Virgil Thomson's Masterful Prose

September 15, 2016

A remarkable American composer was also one of the country's finest critics. Another leading critic reflects on both his predecessor's work and music journalism today.

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