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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout, Commentary’s critic-at large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, has written the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec, The Letter, Danse Russe, and The King’s Man.

Item one: earlier this summer, New York City hosted its first large-scale, single-site, multidisciplinary arts festival. Sixty-four performances were staged in the three-week-long Lincoln Center...

Writing shortly after Duke Ellington’s death in 1974, the jazz scholar Gunther Schuller placed the composer of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t...

Performance Artist Franz Liszt: The Final Years, 1861-1886 by Alan Walker Knopf. 640 pp. $50.00 To say that Franz Liszt was the most famous pianist of the 19th century...

Dance in America is in a slump. At century’s end, with the major choreographers of the modern era either dead (George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Antony...

There was a time when a New York debut could be the most important moment in a musician’s life. Leonard Bernstein, Jascha Heifetz, Kirsten Flagstad,...

“What one reads in the newspaper,” said Bismarck, “can also be true.” I thought of that wry remark as I looked at the obituaries for...

Samuel Barber (1910-81) was the most successful of the American composers who came to prominence between the world wars. At a time when American music...

Robert Schumann’s 1840 song cycle, Frauenliebe und Leben, is a first-person account of the courtship, marriage, and widowhood of a young woman (the text was...

Arthur Rubinstein was born in 1887 and died in 1982, six years after making his last recordings for RCA and giving his farewell concert at...

If a music lover of 1966 were to awake one morning and find himself transported, Rip Van Winkle-like, to the classical department of a present-day...

Opera buffs have conducted a spirited debate over the merits of the Metropolitan Opera’s new “Met Titles” system, introduced in October, in which line-by-line English...

Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) has a permanent and distinguished place in the history of 20th-century music. During his quarter-century tenure as music director of the Philadelphia...