Robert Winter, Distinguished Professor of Music and holder of the Presidential Chair in Music and Interactive Arts at UCLA, is currently preparing for release Music in the Air, the first completely interactive history of Western music. He contributed to the article on performing practice in The New Grove Dictionary of Music.
 (April 2014)

He Dove In and Did It

Alan Rusbridger confesses to having “mucked around on the piano” from the age of eight, replete with a mother’s ritual exhortations to practice more. Instead he became a competent clarinetist, playing in local amateur orchestras. Between his teens and his mid-forties he was no more than a keyboard dabbler. His path to the passionate pursuit of the piano began, as is so often the case, with an epiphany.

Good Listening—And Bad

Joseph Cornell: Untitled (Le Piano), circa 1948
< blockquote>To have gone [to the concert] would have meant committing himself to a personal opinion of Beethoven; it would have meant being physically involved in the tremendous excitement which Beethoven aroused. This was just what Leseur [a composition teacher at the Paris Conservatory], without admitting it, did not wish …

Piano Man

I first heard Charles Rosen performing around 1970 at Symphony Hall in Chicago. If my memory is correct, he substituted at the last minute for a more widely known pianist. What good fortune for the nearly packed house. For me it was my first exposure to the intoxicating world of …

A Musicological Offering

By some etymological quirk music is the only art that adds the suffix “-ologist” to identify some of its professional students. We encounter biologists, physiologists, and entomologists in the sciences, but no corresponding “dramatologists,” “sculptologists,” or “choreologists.” There is a certain irony in this, especially for those who view music …