Cynthia Peck

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Cynthia Peck is originally from Southern California, but she does not miss the sun. She lived in Tokyo for a decade, and she does miss the food. Now the Konzerthaus and Musikverein are her main living rooms, as are a few select restaurants around town. Trained in Vienna as a professional cellist, she also works at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, translates and edits lots of books about Buddhist epistemology and Austrian history, and is thinking about apprenticing as a chef. What she enjoys most is writing about music.
Resonanzen Festival

Music is Trump

The Resonanzen Festival, nine intensive days of early music in January, confirms that music still holds all the cards. It’s not fake news: Musik ist Trumpf (Music Holds the Trump ...

Culture Music | November

Mesmeric Metamusic Composer Olga Neuwirth creates magnificent soundscapes from apparent chaos Following one modernist paradigm in the fine arts – that a painting is nothing more than some colors...

Our Guide to Musiksommer in Lower Austria

Vienna closes its concert halls in the summer, but the nearby countryside offers a plethora of musical events For much of July and August, Vienna’s concert halls lock their doors. But the state of Lower Austria, which embraces Vienna from all sides, makes up for the shortfall by hosting concerts across the entire countryside. Plethora […]
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Schönberg

“Supersaturated with Electricity” | Anticipation for Arnold Schönber...

Twenty years of the Arnold Schönberg Center and an exhibit on Jung-Wien, Vienna’s fin-de-siècle creative wave “New music is never beautiful on first acquaintance.” For many, this remark by Arnold Schoenberg, made in a radio interview in 1931, might seem the understatement of the century. Especially if they have made any acquaintance with the music […]
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Fame and Fable | Composer Ignaz Pleyel’s Forgotten Legacy

On composer Ignaz Pleyel and a tiny museum less than an hour from Vienna. It’s a story that sounds like sardoodledom – a contrived plot, improbable characters and a good measure of melodrama. Tha...

Silence! Or What to Do on International Noise Awareness Day

Thoughts about music in a raucous world and International Noise Awareness Day. The concert halls in Vienna are phenomenal spaces. You might think I’m talking about the music. But what flabbergasts ...
cuarteto casals

The Millennials of the Cuarteto Casals Present a Two-Weekend Cycle of the Comple...

Some might find it astonishing that the string quartets by Beethoven continue to be a defining edifice in the music world. But once again, there is proof of their endurance: The Cuarteto Casals...
festliche tage alter musik

Is Music Composed Before 1961 old?

The Klangforum’s Festliche Tage Alter Musik – with works composed between 1908 and 1961 – show us how old (and beautiful) modern music really is. It’s like needing reading...
gramola

If you Love Classical Music, Keep Your CD Player on Hand

The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical music I just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongin...
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