Music Blogs

Here's our guide to the wonderful, sometimes wacky world of classical music blogs. You'll find commentary on local, national and international happenings. Jump in and join in! If we’ve missed one of your favorites, send us an email at editor@sfcv.org.

New Music/Composers

The Rambler (Tim Rutherford-Johnson)

Composer, writer, teacher and general musicologist Tim Rutherford-Johnson focuses his attention on contemporary music.  Occasionally he will immerse himself in a topic, but most of the posts are editorial in nature.

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Musicology and Theory

The Rehearsal Studio

Examiner columnist Steven Smoliar takes a broad approach to discussions about music, theory and other related topics.

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Critics Beyond the Bay

The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)

New Yorker writer Alex Ross' site is probably the single most-read classical music blog. Ross's work is referenced in most of the other blogs on our registry so it's a great place to start.  Ross also provides a long list of links to other critics’ blogs

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Bay Area Voices

The Reverberate Hills; or The Apotheosis of the Narwhal (Patrick Vaz)

Patrick Vaz's "cultural consumer" blog intersperses writings about music and theater with a daily series of Haikus

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Bay Area Voices

The Standing Room (Sidney Chen)

Sidney Chen's alter ego, Monsieur C (M.C. for short) writes about opera from the cheap seats, amongst other things.  There's a big dose of YouTube clips, (usually relating to classical music) and memorable production shots.

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Critics Beyond the Bay

The View From Here (Andrew Patner)

Andrew Patner is the classical music critic for the Chicago Sun Times. "Here" is usually a CSO concert or Lyric Opera performance.  The entries give a very thorough diary of the premier classic music organizations in the city.

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Musicology and Theory

think denk (Jeremy Denk)

Jeremy Denk offers a charming inside view into the world of the concert pianist. The performer gives a unique perspective on his profession by including both audio and score samples of the pieces he is working on. When not writing about challenging scores, Jeremy gives a lively account of life on the road.

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Opera in General

trrill

A New York Opera buff talks about everything he sees.  Mostly that's opera.

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Opera in General

wellsung

Jonathan and Alex like opera and write about it.  The tone is youthful with occasional bouts of brutal honesty.

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Critics Beyond the Bay

Where's Runnicles?

Brothers Tam and Finn Pollard talk about the arts in general, classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular. (And, of course, Donald Runnicles.)

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