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5 items from 2011


Anniversaries: Johannes Brahms's First Symphony Premiered 135 Years Ago

4 November 2011 5:22 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

When Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was 20, and mostly known to audiences as a pianist, Robert Schumann basically proclaimed him the great hope of German music in an article entitled "New Paths." In those days, the general lament was that no symphonist had been able to measure up to the mighty example of Beethoven. He started composing what could have become his first symphony in 1854; he got cold feet and turned it into his Piano Concerto No. 1, which was premiered in 1859. In that same period, Brahms wrote two Serenades for orchestra -- seemingly to practice dealing with the challenges of those forces -- and his String Sextet No. 1, a fairly grand work for a chamber piece. In 1862 he sent to Clara Schumann (Robert's widow, whom he loved) an early version of the first movement of what he announced would be his First Symphony (it did not yet have its glorious introduction). A decade later, »

- SteveHoltje

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Readers' reviews: the festival bubble and the music copyright extension

22 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The best of your comments on the latest films and music

What happens to a balloon? Sooner or later it deflates, producing a slow, sad hissing as what once kept it buoyant dissipates into the atmosphere. The boom in the pop festival industry in recent years has given every appearance of a balloon inflated as far as it will go, and last week Chris Salmon asked whether, following a string of festival cancellations, it had finally burst.

Plenty of you piled in with your suggestions as to what had gone wrong. Too many "middle-class families and meeja trendies" reckoned JimTheFish. Blame the government, suggested Monchberter: "Anyone thought about the link to tuition fees and general lack of jobs for the young? Festivals have mostly been a student thing, and by making them unaffordable for your core market, no wonder people are being more selective." It's the Man's fault, said Esco91, picking out "over-the-top security, »

- Michael Hann

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The Day The Music Died: Major Orchestra Files For Bankruptcy

16 April 2011 7:52 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Philadelphia -- The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, long considered one of the best in the nation, will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection – an apparent first in recent history for a major U.S. orchestra.

Board chairman Richard Worley said members made a nearly unanimous vote Saturday to file for reorganization in a federal bankruptcy court in Philadelphia after a "long meeting, thoughtful meeting, emotional meeting."

"We're running low on cash, we're running a deficit, and we have to put ourselves in a position to attract investment funds to help us," Worley told reporters.

Allison Vulgamore, president and chief executive officer, also cited a "tremendous decline" in audiences over the past five years.

Officials stressed, however, that concerts would go on as scheduled, including the evening's performance of a Mahler symphony. And they said a revitalization campaign was planned to increase revenues by about two-thirds and bring in new art and audiences. »

- AP

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Everyone's a critic now

31 January 2011 3:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A refusal to heed the advice of highbrow cultural critics is nothing new. But when the public can quickly share their own - different - views on Twitter, Facebook, myDigg and other social media, is criticism dead?

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Late last year there was a confluence of critical opinion in America the likes of which the nation hadn't seen in years. Every single film critic in the traditional media – 350 "best" lists, the ads boast – seemed to anoint The Social Network, director David Fincher's semi-fictionalised account of the founding of Facebook, as the movie of the year, maybe even of the decade. Every single literary critic in the traditional media seemed to agree that Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, his saga of a dysfunctional American family, was the novel of the epoch. And just to make it three for three, »

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Everyone's a critic now

31 January 2011 3:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A refusal to heed the advice of highbrow cultural critics is nothing new. But when the public can quickly share their own - different - views on Twitter, Facebook, myDigg and other social media, is criticism dead?

● To read critics' responses to this essay and to add your own comments, click here

Late last year there was a confluence of critical opinion in America the likes of which the nation hadn't seen in years. Every single film critic in the traditional media – 350 "best" lists, the ads boast – seemed to anoint The Social Network, director David Fincher's semi-fictionalised account of the founding of Facebook, as the movie of the year, maybe even of the decade. Every single literary critic in the traditional media seemed to agree that Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, his saga of a dysfunctional American family, was the novel of the epoch. And just to make it three for three, »

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