Recently by Jan Swafford
The Most Beautiful Melody in the World: Is it by Bach? Gershwin? The Beatles?
July 30, 2013
The Surprising Snippets of Autobiography in the Music of Johannes Brahms
Oct 23, 2012
Slate Readers on How They Learned to Love Mozart, Brahms, Jackson Pollock, and Other Acquired Tastes
June 01, 2012
When I First Heard The Magic Flute, I Hated It. Now I Think It’s Brilliant. What Happened?
April 10, 2012
When It Comes to Writing Lyrics, Leonard Cohen Is Second to No One, Including Bob Dylan
Feb 08, 2012
Notes on Customs, Habits, and Mating Rituals of the Residents at Yaddo, MacDowell, and Other Artists’ Colonies.
Dec 19, 2011
Last Notes: The Wild, Sublime Music That Composers Write on Their Deathbeds
Nov 29, 2011
Artistic legacy: the tricky task of preserving an artist’s life and work.
Sept 20, 2011
Contemporary music trends: The new niceness, aesthetic brutalism, and spectralism explained.
July 11, 2011
The elusive maestro: why the process of finding a new conductor makes music lovers weep.
April 12, 2011
What’s wrong with movies about composers.
July 27, 2010
Why e-books will never replace real books.
June 29, 2010
The centuries-old struggle to play in tune.
April 20, 2010
Why you've never really heard the "Moonlight" Sonata.
March 02, 2010
The music of the castrati.
Nov 09, 2009
How a pause can be the most devastating effect in music.
Aug 31, 2009
Why you should listen to Charles Ives.
June 01, 2009
When music critics attack.
Feb 03, 2009
How the Illuminati influenced Beethoven.
Dec 08, 2008
How The Rest Is Noise changes our understanding of 20th-century music.
Sept 23, 2008