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Samuel Lipman

Samuel Lipman

The good news on the classical-music front is that the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas are still being played in concert and still being made available...

The 1980 New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians described the American modernist Hugo Weisgall (born 1912) as “perhaps America’s most important composer of operas.”...

The controversy surrounding the career of the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) refuses to die. Just this past year, a detailed and fascinating biography by...

This past December, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the only music-performance institution in the United States now prospering financially, presented the world premiere of...

On October 7, 1985, the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, while on its way from Alexandria to Port Said, was hijacked by four Palestinian terrorists....

There is only one criterion by which the stature of a music-performance competition can be judged: the ability to provide its first-place winners with major...

Philanthropy Charity Begins at Home. by Teresa Odendahl. Basic Books. 299 pp. $22.95. Most people regard philanthropy—the giving away of one’s own resources to worthy causes—as a virtue. Yet...

Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. —Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 By now, musicians and music lovers alike are aware that few compositions of enduring value...

This spring and summer will witness a bitter fight in Congress, and perhaps even across the country, over the quinquennial statutory reauthorization of the National...

In the past decade or so, the whole question of musical performance has become a matter of contention in a way it has not been...

I am now fifty-five years old. I have been playing the piano for the last fifty-two years, and I suppose that in some way I...

There have been three great modern Russian composers: Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), and Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953).1 In an important sense, each member of...