Author Archives: Gary Skinner

About Gary Skinner

Second year music student interested in composition

Anton Bruckner And National Socialism

 Introduction ‘In the early 1920’s, the national socialists had rarely concerned themselves with cultural propaganda. Cultural issues were only raised in so far as they related to such broad issues as the treaty of Versailles and the influence of the … Continue reading

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Bridging The Gap: Modern Music and Popular Opinion

How many people could name their favourite composer as one that is alive today? I imagine the number would pale in significance compared to those that prefer say, Mozart or Beethoven. Reading a post yesterday on ‘The Future Of Modern … Continue reading

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Paul Lewis Plays Schubert At The Sheldonian

Last Friday (17/6/11) saw the return of Paul Lewis to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. His last appearance featured the Schubert song cycle ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ with the tenor Mark Padmore. This week saw Lewis play a selection of Schubert’s … Continue reading

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Should You Download Music For Free?

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a bit more about free downloads. Specifically, the ethical issues involved when downloading music for free. The wide availability of free music online is no secret. File-sharing networks and BitTorrent technology … Continue reading

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Three Cheers For The Oxford Coffee Concerts

The Holywell Music Room in Oxford maybe the oldest purpose-built music room in Europe. It was first opened in 1748, thirty-three years before the Gewandhaus concerts of Leipzig found themselves a similar venue. The Sunday Coffee Concerts series is relatively … Continue reading

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