6:48 AM, May 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
David Tucker and Nathan Tucker have penned a brief at the American Enterprise Institute about the role music plays in American civic life. Here's an excerpt from the abstract:
Civic life is the life we live in dealing with problems of common concern. It is our public life, as opposed to our private life. In a liberal democracy, civic life is all-embracing in the sense that it is open to all. Yet in such a regime, civic life may also be a small part of life, since liberal democracy assumes the priority of private life.
Correspondingly, the music we share in our civic lives will occupy a smaller place than the music of our private lives. Music may be more private than many other activities: it is not verbal, and through its rhythmic component, affects us bodily—that is, most privately, despite the ability of groups of people to move in unison to a beat. Speeches mark our public life more than music; we have no musical equivalent of the Gettysburg Address.
Read the whole brief here.
12:36 PM, Apr 30, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Willie Nelson turns 80 today. As Kelly Phillips Erb writes in Forbes, it has been an interesting, prolific, and unusual career:
Will White House release guest list?7:34 AM, Apr 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Barack and Michelle Obama's schedule for today, this event is listed:
8:14 AM, Feb 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning, the State Department announced, "Hip Hop Group Audiopharmacy to Tour Southeast Asia and the Pacific with American Music Abroad."
How music and commerce combine to make America.Dec 3, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 12 • By TED GIOIA
Could Mozart write jingles? “Are you kidding,” responds the ad copy for a 1990s music marketing production house. “A Little Night Music had ‘beer commercial’ written all over it.”
A second opinion on Mozart’s final days.
Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By JOHN CHECK
Discussions of what would prove to be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last years tend to fixate on his death. Much talk there is—for Christoph Wolff, too much talk—of Mozart’s decline or fall, of the quality of resignation that supposedly crept into his music, even of the “autumnal world” that his late work is said to inhabit.
It’s a long, long while since Kurt Weill got his due. Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05 • By JONATHAN LEAF
Not long ago, a New York Times critic presented his list of the 10 greatest composers of all time. Absent were Handel, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Puccini, and Strauss. Present, though, was Béla Bartók.
A little musical rebellion among the Amazigh. Nov 28, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 11 • By ANN MARLOWE
This is my city and I came back again
The acoustic sound of midcentury America.May 23, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 34 • By RONALD RADOSH
Political Folk Music in America from Its Origins to Bob Dylan
by Lawrence J. Epstein
2:44 PM, Apr 28, 2011 • By RICHARD STARR
Readers of a certain age may remember Phoebe Snow as a fabulously talented singer whose quirky hit "Poetry Man" topped the charts briefly in the spring of 1975.
From the ashes of communism, a voice for the new century. Jan 24, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 18 • By CATHY YOUNG
One of the most sought-after classical singers in Europe, Magdalena Kozena has very little of the diva about her. The 37-year-old Czech-born, Berlin-based mezzo-soprano is warm and unpretentious, whether in interviews or in conversation with backstage visitors. A mother of two sons, ages five and two, she speaks of family as her first priority and readily turns down engagements that would interfere with it.