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March 18   -  

A guide to Gérard Grisey's music

The late composer's mastery of a gigantic spectrum of sound, texture and feeling makes his work some of the most special of the late 20th century All articles in this series / The 1999 premiere of French composer Gérard ...

March 12   -  

A guide to György Kurtág's music

In Kurtág's tiny fragments lies music of unflinching emotional and existential rawness All articles in this series / Watch this. A couple in their mid-80s, married for 65 years, play the piano. Their hands ...

February 25   -  

A guide to George Benjamin's music

Benjamin's latest opera features cannibalism, suicide, sex and murder, and could be a watershed moment – unleashing the expressivity of one of Britain's most essential composers / George Benjamin: one of the doyens of ...

February 19   -  

A guide to John Tavener's music

Tavener wants to produce music that is the sound of God. His compositions today give the listener the space to create a sense of private contemplation. / Whatever you think about works such as the tragically popular (in the ...

February 14   -  

Tom Service's top five romantic tunes

Looking for an alternative soundtrack to Adele and Lionel Richie this Valentine's Day? Tom Service selects his five most romantic classical tracks. Tell us in the comments section what yours are / It doesn't have to be like ...

February 11   -  

A guide to Toru Takemitsu's music

Takemitsu's understated and crystalline compositions combine elements of his own Japanese traditions with the western modernism he loved so much / I can remember the first time I listened to Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. ...

February 4   -  

A Guide to James Dillon's music

The composer James Dillon has created some of the most inventive and thrillingly expressive contemporary music around / In the world of contemporary music, epic scale is often viewed as the preserve of composers such as ...

January 28   -  

A guide to Terry Riley's music

His composition In C was the first masterpiece of minimalism, but these days Terry Riley's musical imagination takes in life, the universe and everything / Grand Theft Auto IV, the radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to ...

January 24   -  

Schoenberg: the anti-revolutionary

The most radical thing about Schoenberg's Second String Quartet is precisely that there isn't a big musical signpost declaring: 'No key signature ahead – beware!' / There are revolutions and there are ...

January 21   -  

A guide to Henri Dutilleux's music

The Frenchman has transformed his astonishing compositional refinement and willingness to take inspiration from other art forms into works of real emotional immediacy / I could do this with any piece of Henri Dutilleux's, the ...

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