JUST LISTEN

The Day's music writers share their playlists.

Oscars watch (or listen): Sometimes the music tells the story better than, say, Ryan O'Neal can

Since films are sounds and motion, sometimes the use of some great music does the trick just fine for story-telling.

Milton Moore: The most appealing contemporary composer that you've (probably) never heard of ...

Valentin Silvestrov is immensely popular and often-performed in his Ukrainian homeland and across the former Eastern Bloc, with haunting, meditative scores for voice and for orchestra.

Milton Moore: Our musical connections bring us a new Bunch of stuff

It always feels like a gift from the sky to hear a new piece of music that sticks with you, but better still is knowing who gifted it. We've already met Kenji Bunch in person, and now this ...

Milton Moore: The small man who thought big, very big - Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner was an odd, awkward little man who wrote huge grandiose symphonies in the late 19th century. Like his student Gustav Mahler, there's more than a hint of megalomania in the sheer size of his conceptions, symphonies that run to 80...

Milton Moore: Even a cellphone captures Hahn's Bach artistry

Each of us has a preferred method for listening to music, whether it's earbuds on a smartphone, or headphones at a desktop computer, or loudspeakers hooked up to an old-style component stereo system. For some, high fidelity is crucial. For others,...

Milton Moore: A little respect for American music – Happy birthday, Richard Rodgers

I'm perplexed by how the classical music world receives American music of the 20th century. Why is Puccini's “Nessun Dorma” considered one of the great, inspirational arias, and Richard Rodger's “You'll Never Walk Alone”...

Milton Moore: The music of Schumann deserves a celebration

I don't necessarily remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I remember grade school. And for nearly as long as I can remember, Robert Schumann's music has been part of my life. Few composers (perhaps only Bach) have stayed on my playlist so...

Milton Moore: A vivid fortnight to celebrate favorites. First, Edward Elgar …

The concept behind “Just Listen” was for The Day's music writers to share favorites. Composer birthdays make convenient way points to focus the topic (so much music!), and the next 10 days contain birthdays for three composers who are...