Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them

For my senior piano recital in college, encouraged by my teacher, I took on an ambitious program. I opened with an elaborate Haydn sonata and ended by pairing a Chopin nocturne with his teeming Ballade in G minor. I also played the first three of Schoenberg’s Five Piano Pieces — intensely complex, atonal works that hooked me. At the center More...

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By Admin On Friday, July 3rd, 2020
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Kanye West Dips a Toe in the Moment, and 10 More New Songs

Anxiety permeates “Wash Us in the Blood,” the first song from a forthcoming Kanye West album, and one that harmonizes some of his various dissonant threads. It’s a “Yeezus”-era take on “Jesus Is More...

By Admin On Friday, July 3rd, 2020
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Freddy Cole, Performer Who Emerged From Nat’s Shadow, Dies at 88

Freddy Cole, a pianist and vocalist who spent much of his musical life in the shadow of his brother Nat King Cole, but whose durable talents carried him through a triumphant late-career resurgence, died on More...

By Admin On Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Mozart

In the past, we’ve asked some of our favorite artists to choose the five or so minutes they would play to make their friends fall in love with classical music, the piano, opera and the cello. Now we want More...

By Admin On Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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15 Songs That Shook New York’s Queer Dance Floors in the 1970s and ’80s

Constrained and faddish during the 1960s, D.J.-led dance culture discovered its kinetic, kaleidoscopic potential in the space of a few transformational months in early 1970. Two key party spaces — the Loft More...

By Admin On Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Johnny Mandel, 94, Writer of Memorable Movie Scores, Is Dead

Johnny Mandel, who composed and arranged for some of the leading big bands of the 1940s and ’50s before establishing himself as a writer of memorable movie scores and themes like “The Shadow of Your Smile,” More...

By Admin On Monday, June 29th, 2020
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MTV to Hold V.M.A.s in Brooklyn With Limits on Audience

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be staged in person at the Barclays Center on Aug. 30, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a news conference on Monday. Mr. Cuomo said the 36-year-old awards show would take More...

By Admin On Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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‘We Can’t Do Our Craft’: Conductors Contend With the Pandemic

On March 12, Roderick Cox, an American conductor based in Berlin, was just days away from his New York Philharmonic debut when he woke up to a message from the orchestra asking him to get on the next possible More...

By Admin On Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Kanye West and Gap Strike 10-Year Deal for ‘Yeezy Gap’ Apparel Line

The Gap brand, which has flailed in recent years as it struggled with an identity crisis, has a new idea for how to revive its fortunes: Kanye West. The retailer is teaming up with Mr. West and Yeezy, his fashion More...

By Admin On Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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Beyoncé’s Surprise Juneteenth Anthem, and 12 More New Songs

Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos. Just want the music? Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here (or find our profile: nytimes). Like More...

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