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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.

GRP records, which owns the catalogue of Decca, a prominent record label of the 30’s and 40’s, recently released a two-CD set of jazz performances...

When the German conductor Kurt Masur was appointed music director of the New York Philharmonic in the fall of 1991, he inherited an orchestra in...

Harvey Milk, an opera by Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie about the life and violent death of America’s first openly gay elected public official, premiered...

In Harmony Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics. by Edward Roth-Stein. Times Books. 263 pp. $25.00. Music is the most radically elusive of the arts....

The entry for Philip Glass in the sixth edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, published in 1980, is 24 lines long....

The critic Paul Elmer More once described John Dos Passos’s novel Manhattan Transfer as “an explosion in a cesspool.” Much the same thing could be...

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) is now generally regarded as one of the great composers of our time, but his reputation, at least in the West, was...

YOUNGER readers accustomed to hear- ing the name of the late Leonard Bernstein uttered only in reverential tones may find it hard to believe that...

Man of the 30’s Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events. by Murray Kempton. Times Books. 570 pp. $27.50. Murray Kempton, the dean of American newspaper columnists, is mostly unknown to...

James Joyce & Doris Day Fame in the 20th Century. by Clive James. Random House. 256 pp. $27.00. It is inconceivable that the eight-hour BBC series, Clive James’s Fame...

It is well known, yet oddly easy to overlook, that the most popular radio show in America today is a daily tirade by a Midwestern...

A Dancer’s Homage Prodigal Son: Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic. by Edward Villella With Larry Kaplan. Simon & Schuster. 317 pp. $23.00. Anyone who...