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Music is Hard 47: Repeat Attendance

This week:
This week, we’re inspired by the always brilliant David Smooke’s NewMusicBox piece “Repeat Attendance.” How do we balance the value of newness and novelty with the seemingly inherent appeal of the familiar?

Link:
David Smooke: “Repeat Attendance”

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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 45: Audience Rot

This week:
Tim and Dave respond to Kurt Ellenberger’s piece published on the Huffington Post. Ellenberger thinks that education has failed to create new audiences for jazz and classical music, and therefore it doesn’t (or won’t) work. Tim and Dave disagree (with Ellenberger and each other).

Link:
Kurt Ellenberger: “The Audience and the Educator: A Study in Blue”

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Music is Hard 44: Lyrics

This week:
What is a lyric? Tim and Dave disagree. Can we translate the text without losing it’s meaning? Should we? What is lost (or gained) in translation? Thanks to Chloe Veltman for getting us started on the topic.

Link:
Chloe Veltman: Simultaneous Opera Translation

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Music is Hard 43: Movement

This week:
What happens when musicians become “dancers”? Do players bouncing and swaying around look like idiots, or do their motions contribute something to the performance? Is there a point at which a performers movements can actually detract from an otherwise strong performance?

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