FITS & BURSTS | An Interview With Donald Trump
MT: Mr. Trump, thank you for taking the time to talk with me during your busy campaign.DT: Thank you Michael… and hurry up, or you’re fired! I kid. I kid.
FITS & BURSTS | The Brass Blat!
As the old joke goes, the horn is a divine instrument; man blows into it, but only God knows what comes out.
COMMENTARY | Where Are The Beethovens Of Today?
Are the Beethovens of the world alive and well, or are they just being buried under our reverence for old dead white guys?
Fits & Bursts | Daniil Trifonov: "If your fingers go directly from your heart"
There are few, if any pianists quite like Daniil Trifonov. In this fascinating video, pianist and former classmate Zsolt Bognár interviews Trifonov, who at the age of 24, shows a wisdom well beyond his years...
FITS & BURSTS | What Composers Can Learn From Tupac Shakur
When creating feels like pulling teeth, it's time to look at other ways to work smarter, not harder.
FITS & BURSTS | Why Messiah - Forever and Ever?
At any given time during the holiday season, hundreds of choirs will amass in churches and various concert halls across the world, to perform Handel’s Messiah . With the exception of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, no other choral work has been so fixed into western musical culture. In fact for many, the tradition of going to a performance of the Messiah is as dear as beautifying the Christmas tree in the family living room.But why?
FITS & BURSTS | Paul Hindemith, the Doodler
As the story goes, his drawings developed after he was introduced to the surrealist parlour game “cadavre exquis” (“exquisite corpse”), whereby one-by-one participants added to a drawing in sequence, passing it around the room. The results are hilariously unpredictable, and often resulted in strange creatures made out of human, animal, and machine parts.
FITS AND BURSTS | Slavoj Žižek answers: Stravinsky or Schoenberg?
Marxist philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic, Slavoj Žižek is arguably one of the most popular philosophers since Sartre. His meteoric rise, and the mainstream popularity of his films, most notably a Perverts Guide to Ideology, has been extraordinary.
FITS & BURSTS | Why Are Artist Bios and Concert Programs So Boring?
Are you tired of reading bland, boring artist bios and program guides? So are we, so let's talk about it.