Jan Swafford

Jan Swafford is a composer and writer. His books include Johannes Brahms: A Biography and Charles Ives: A Life With Music.

Music
July 30 2013 12:10 PMThe Most Beautiful Melody in the WorldYou know it when you hear it.
Culturebox
June 1 2012 3:55 PMArt That Grew On YouSlate readers on Mozart, Brahms, Jackson Pollock, and other tastes that took some acquiring.
Music
Feb. 8 2012 12:15 PMHallelujah for Leonard CohenWhen it comes to lyrics, he’s second to no one—including Dylan.
Music
Nov. 29 2011 10:11 AMLast NotesThe wild, sublime music that composers write on their deathbeds.
Culturebox
July 11 2011 6:55 AMA Grand Tour of Contemporary MusicAll the new noise explained.
Music
July 27 2010 10:06 AMThe Art of Getting Art on FilmWhat's wrong with movies about composers.
Music
April 20 2010 10:08 AMThe Wolf at Our HeelsThe centuries-old struggle to play in tune.
Music
Nov. 9 2009 1:28 PMNature's RejectsThe music of the castrati.
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June 1 2009 12:27 PMThis American ComposerWhy you should listen to Charles Ives.
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Dec. 8 2008 6:35 AMBeethoven and the IlluminatiHow the secret order influenced the great composer.
Music
July 29 2008 7:22 AMLigeti: A Sound OdysseyRemembering the genius whom Stanley Kubrick stole music from.
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April 8 2008 3:01 PMDeath by OboeHow acoustic instruments torment their players.
Music
Oct. 17 2006 3:19 PMHigh ScoreWho's the greatest film composer of all time?
Music
May 17 2004 7:07 PMHow Ives JibesUnderstanding America's contentious composer.
Music
Sept. 5 2003 1:37 PMSpeed Freaks Do BachPlease, stop turning sublime classical works into dance music.
Music
Oct. 23 2012 9:30 AMBeing BrahmsThe surprising snippets of autobiography embedded in his music.
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April 10 2012 7:17 AMLearning To Love MozartWhen I first heard The Magic Flute, I hated it. Now I think it’s among the greatest artworks ever created. What happened?
Culturebox
Dec. 19 2011 6:55 AMLife in the ColoniesNotes on customs, habits, and mating rituals of the residents at Yaddo, MacDowell, and other artists’ retreats.
Music
Sept. 20 2011 3:09 PMCleaning Out Ives' ClosetThe tricky task of preserving an artist's life and work.
Music
April 12 2011 11:20 AMThe Elusive MaestroWhy the process of finding a new conductor makes music lovers weep.
Culturebox
June 29 2010 10:12 AMBold PredictionWhy e-books will never replace real books.
Music
March 2 2010 7:06 AMIn Search of Lost Sounds Why you've never really heard the "Moonlight" Sonata.
Music
Aug. 31 2009 4:22 PMSilence Is GoldenHow a pause can be the most devastating effect in music.
Music
Feb. 3 2009 10:04 AMGreat Composers, Lousy ReviewsWhen music critics attack.
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Sept. 23 2008 1:55 PMThe Big RewindHow The Rest Is Noise changes our understanding of 20th-century music.
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May 13 2008 7:30 AMBach on TopHow one of the most esoteric musical works ever written became an unlikely hit.
Music
Feb. 19 2008 5:31 PMSilent, SpookyThe soundtracks for No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood.
Music
Oct. 2 2006 5:18 PMClassic Put-DownsWas Brahms a wiseass?
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Sept. 19 2003 7:53 PMMonteverdi Goes MTVDoes a great Baroque composer need fancy sets and sleek dancers?
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June 30 2003 5:58 PMThe Beethoven MysteryWhy haven't we figured out his Ninth Symphony yet?

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