November 1, 2019

Goldmine1 The Soft Parade ’50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ will entice any Doors aficionado

The Soft Parade’s 50th anniversary edition is a special release for Doors’ fans, and it also reveals what the album might have sounded like without those additional “whipped cream” flourishes, as keyboardist Ray Manzarek referred to the horns and strings.

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John Borack Video premiere of Johnathan Pushkar – “Straighten Up”

Johnathan Pushkar—a 24-year-old from Nashville by way of Pennsylvania—is something of an anachronism: a young musician who unabashedly worships at the altar of British Invasion acts. Here is the video premiere of his song, “Straighten Up.”

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Harrison Birtwistle

Donald Macleod talks to Sir Harrison Birtwistle about his life, inspiration and music.

This week Donald Macleod meets Sir Harrison Birtwistle, described as “the most forceful and uncompromisingly original composer of his generation.” We hear his major compositions, broadly in chronological order, and reveal the preoccupations and processes behind a singular music imagination.

To begin, we’ll hear about, Birtwistle’s daily working life, and about his early years among what became known as the Manchester school of composers. The premiere of his first opera Punch and Judy at Aldeburgh was infamous – much of the audience – including its commissioner Benjamin Britten – walked out at the interval. Next, we’ll hear about Birtwistle’s time in America and his friendship with Morton Feldman. They discuss some of his non-musical inspirations too: the power of mythology, the paintings of Paul Klee and the films of Quentin Tarantino. Birtwistle reveals how time, and the instruments for measuring time, have inspired many of his compositions, and how a lifelong fascination with moths inspired a new work meditating on loss.

Music featured:
Oockooing Bird
Refrains and Choruses
Punch and Judy (The Resolve; Passion Aria; Adding Song)
Dinah and Nick’s Love Song
The Triumph of Time
Duets for Storab (Urlar; Stark Pastoral; Crunluath)
Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
The Mask of Orpheus (13th, 14th 15th Arch from Act 2, Scene 2)
Silbury Air
Nine Settings of Lorine Niedecker (There’s A Better Shine; How The White Gulls; My Life; Sleep’s Dream)
Earth Dances
Harrison’s Clocks (Clock 2; Clock 5)
Virelai (Sus une fontayne)
The Minotaur (Part Two)
The Moth Requiem
In Broken Images
Duet for Eight Strings

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Iain Chambers for BBC Wales

For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Harrison Birtwistle

And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here:

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Music Freelance JS Bach is the greatest composer of all time, say today’s leading composers for BBC Music Magazine


Johann Sebastian Bach has been voted the greatest composer of all time by 174 living composers for BBC Music Magazine’s December 2019 issue.

We asked each of the 174 to name five composers from throughout history who they considered to be the greatest, according to four main criteria: originality, impact, craftsmanship and enjoyability. Among those who voted were Eric Whitacre, Thea Musgrave and John Luther Adams.

The votes were counted for each composer and a list of the top 50 was created, at the head of which was the German Baroque composer. The full list can be found in our December issue, available to buy now, which also shows how each living composer voted.

JS Bach is one of the most well-known classical composers from history and his music is played daily around the world. Born in Eisenach in 1685, he spent most of his career as an organist for churches and royal courts. It was only in the 19th century, when Felix Mendelssohn revived his music, that Bach’s genius as a composer came to be fully recognised.

Bach produced countless masterpieces, including solo keyboard works, cantatas, concertos, oratorios, and solo and orchestral suites. He is renowned for his ingenious technical ability in contrapuntal composition.

Among the others featured in the top 50 are composers from all periods of history, from the 12th-century nun Hildegard von Bingen to Harrison Birtwistle and Kaija Saariaho, who are still composing today.

‘The sheer breadth and depth of our top 50 list proves that today’s composers look to all countries, styles and centuries for inspiration,’ says Oliver Condy, BBC Music Magazine editor.


Here are the magazine’s top 10 composers:

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Igor Stravinsky
  3. Ludwig van Beethoven
  4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. Claude Debussy
  6. Gyorgy Ligeti
  7. Gustav Mahler
  8. Richard Wagner
  9. Maurice Ravel
  10. Claudio Monteverdi


If you want to have your say and choose your greatest composers, why not take part in our Composer World Cup on Twitter?




FabulousFlipSides Fabulous Flip Sides – Donna Fargo Interview

We look back at award winning country music legend Donna Fargo’s years on Warner Brothers with her compilation That Was Yesterday, produced by her husband Stan Silver, and go beyond those years, discussing their work with record executive Steve Popovich. …

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My friend Jerome Soligny, the great French rock journalist, is about to publish his in depth study…

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Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Daisy Hyde

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