He Will Die Howling: Fractured Reality and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King”

In which King George III sings to birds, which may or may not be real, but are probably not very happy with his singing. … More He Will Die Howling: Fractured Reality and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King”

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The City of the Dead: Musical Populism and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”

In which death threats are made through the newspaper, cities are bombed from the air, and the bourgeois such as myself perpetuate their elitist nonsense. … More The City of the Dead: Musical Populism and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”

The Very Air Itself Gives Voice: Multiplicity and Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine”

In which Italo Calvino dies most inconveniently, Leonardo da Vinci sleeps most fitfully, and Daniel Wolfert gives some rather grand and undue opinions on artistic merit. … More The Very Air Itself Gives Voice: Multiplicity and Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine”