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A ‘Velvet Revolution’ — Alex Ross On Claude Debussy

“Debussy accomplished something that happens very rarely, and not in every lifetime: he brought a new kind of beauty into the world. … His influence proved to be vast, not only for successive waves of twentieth-century modernists but also in jazz, in popular song, and in Hollywood. When both the severe [Pierre] Boulez and the suave Duke Ellington cite you as a precursor, you have done something singular.”

A ‘Velvet Revolution’ — Alex Ross On Claude Debussy

“Debussy accomplished something that happens very rarely, and not in every lifetime: he brought a new kind of beauty into the world. … His influence proved to be vast, not only for successive waves of twentieth-century modernists but also in jazz, in popular song, and in Hollywood. When both the severe [Pierre] Boulez and the suave Duke Ellington cite you as a precursor, you have done something singular.”

Highbrow Lit Has Been Possessed By Ghost Stories

“Literature — the top-shelf, award-winning stuff — is positively ectoplasmic these days, crawling with hauntings, haints and wraiths of every stripe and disposition. These ghosts can be nosy and lubricious, as in George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo … [or] confused by their fates, as in Martin Riker’s new novel, Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return … They terrify, instruct and enchant — sometimes all in the same book.” For instance, Lauren Groff’s Florida, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House, Hari Kunzru’s White Tears, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. Parul Sehgal looks at the genre’s hold on writers and readers alike.

Trifonov, Wolf, Costanzo, JACK Quartet Win Musical America’s Awards For 2019

The 27-year-old pianist Daniil Trifonov was named Artist of the Year, while Julia Wolfe took Composer of the Year honors. Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, and the DC-based Orchestra of the Americas, is Conductor of the Year. Vocalist of the Year is countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and the JACK Quartet is Ensemble of the Year.