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The Day the Music Burned

The list of destroyed single and album masters takes in titles by dozens of legendary artists, a genre-spanning who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century popular music. It includes recordings by Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, the Andrews Sisters, the Ink Spots, the Mills Brothers, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, …

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Rhiannon Giddens Is Writing an Opera

The musical polymath Rhiannon Giddens has mined African-American folk traditions and the deep and varied roots of old-time music as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a successful solo artist. She also studied opera at Oberlin, and hosted a quirky podcast called Aria Code that deconstructed excerpts …

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Opera Lives in Cycles – The New York Times

AMSTERDAM — When Friedrich Nietzsche turned his pen on his onetime friend, Richard Wagner, his overarching critique was that grandeur shouldn’t be mistaken for depth. He worried about the marketplace consequences of blockbusters blotting out substance, not unlike today’s film reviewers warily watching the latest Avengers movie. “Only sick music …

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