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Articles tagged with "composer"

From proto-rock star to genre-defining artist: How Liszt reinvented himself

18 May 2017

Why did Liszt abandon a life of wild excess to forge a radical (and risky) new path?

Watch: Philip Glass reflects on his early life as a struggling musician

29 January 2017

Now one of the world's most celebrated artists, the composer made ends meet with stints as a taxi driver and removal man.

Amazing ballet and opera settings that will make you want to travel

19 August 2016

Planning your next holiday? Tour opera and ballet settings to experience the locations that inspired composers and choreographers.

Rachmaninoff's dark side: Can great artistry exist without the agony of perfectionism?

26 January 2016

Rachmaninoff’s music is adored the world over, but he was plagued with self-doubt.

Emmanuel Chabrier: An unsung hero of 19th-century French music

25 January 2016

The composer of L’Étoile was highly respected by his musical and painterly peers, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Manet.

Composer Lowell Liebermann on Liam Scarlett’s Viscera and Frankenstein: ‘A Collaborative Process’

5 November 2015

The acclaimed American composer speaks about seeing his music choreographed and the process of writing his first original score for ballet.

Ballet music, but not as we knew it: Inside the sonic world of Max Richter

28 April 2015

By blending classical and electronic music, the Woolf Works composer has opened orchestral music up to a whole new audience.

From punk rock to opera: Søren Nils Eichberg is one of Europe's most exciting composers

11 November 2014

The Danish composer's music to date has drawn on diverse influences to create energetic, thoughtful works that engage newcomers and thrill aficionados in equal measure.

26 things you may not know about Richard Strauss

11 August 2014

Our A-Z of Strauss series takes a closer look at the composer; from the debate over his Nazi sympathies, to his fondness for yodelling.

Five operas adapted from plays: From stage to stave (and back again)

7 July 2014

Composers have long been inspired by the work of playwrights.

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