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Erotic music

There seems little doubt in my mind that the two major stimuli to the creative activity of our greatest composers are sex and death.  Perhaps they are linked; they are closely allied in the natural world. Plants not only devise remarkable methods of procreation, but can spring as vigorously from natural disasters and chemical warfare […]

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So what do the listeners make of it?

A concert audience is a rather different creature now compared with what it once was, although it can give performers just as hard a time as reputedly in the 18th century.   It is not unusual for a singer in an Italian opera house to receive applause and shouts of ‘encore’ which, far from being flattering, […]

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Musical highlights of 2011

Just before we turn off the lights and lock the door on 2011, here are the musical highlights – as chosen by members of the OCA music team. Duncan Druce:  For about a decade, each June, I’ve been spending a week (sometimes longer) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, playing the violin at the English Haydn Festival. A […]

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