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Music is Hard 54: Reviews

This week:
Zachary Woolfe’s extremely negative New York Times review of Charlie Siem’s recital at Le Poisson Rouge got us thinking about the nature and value of reviews. What are they worth to us as performers, composers, and fans of classical music? How can we as journalist-wannabes do them better?

Link:
Zachary Woolfe: “Impeccably Dressed, With His Violin at the Ready”

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Music is Hard 46: New Journalism

This week:
Peter Gelb, managing director of New York Metropolitan Opera, has had a rough couple of weeks dealing with journalists. What are the implications for new journalists covering the arts in new kinds of media?

Link:
Alex Ross: “Crack-up at the Met”

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Music is Hard 6: Words About Music

This week:
Is it possible to write and talk meaningfully about music? Why does some music writing suck? Why does some music writing transcend? How can we do it better?

Links:
Jan Swafford’s article for Slate “A Grand Tour of Contemporary Music”
Linda Holmes’s article for NPR “The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything”
Alex Ross’s BRILLIANT books The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This

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