Category Archives: Music & Art

Published on
4 April 2011

Funding and the Arts

From a Guest Blogger: Painters, writers, musicians, dancers and curators have now been put out of their anxious expectation and into the misery they foretold. The arts are being slashed and there is nothing, it seems, they can do about it. On the lips of so many public servants of all (non-creative) stripes is the […]

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Published on
1 February 2011

Gauguin and the Modern Fantasy

From a guest blogger: Last month the Tate Modern closed its doors on an exhibition of the work of French artist Paul Gauguin entitled Gauguin: Maker of Myth. The show consisted mainly of paintings from the several stages of his artistic life but also included sculptures, works of pottery, private letters and even the decorated […]

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Published on
18 November 2010

Putting Humanity Back Into the Humanities

Based upon an introductory presentation given at a session of the Thomas More Institute’s Young Persons’ Reading Group on the purpose of a university education. The presentation, and this article, are intended as a summary of and commentary upon an excellent article by Patrick J. Deneen to which we direct our readers: ‘Science and the […]

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Published on
11 November 2010

Why the Avant-garde is Behind Us

Posted in Music & Art

From a guest blogger: The term ‘avant-garde’ is sometimes bandied around in reference to artistic movements that seek to push out the boundaries of aesthetic consideration. It rather assumes an element of rule-breaking bound up with attempts to re-imagine our perceptions of the world. At times these movements have been deeply introspective and focused on […]

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Published on
13 October 2010

You Can’t Hear Boulez in a Vacuum

Posted in Music & Art

From a guest blogger: As we all know Western Classical Music includes Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and probably Wagner (so far so Austro-German). Then after Wagner things get a bit hazy with Debussy’s ‘musical impressionism’ and, depending on what one thinks of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre de Printemps, the classical tradition goes rather sharply downhill once it […]

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Published on
22 March 2010

New Articles

Occasionally, we summarise and link to articles on our website we think might be of interest to our readers. You will find the two most recent below. Older articles can be found here. Music and Morality – Roger Scruton In a culture which seeks to be ‘non-judgmental’, music is no longer exposed to true criticism […]

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Published on
24 February 2010

TMI Seminar – James MacMillan – The Musical Search for the Sacred in Modernity

James MacMillan, a composer and conductor, recently gave a paper at the TMI in our speaker series ‘Conscience, Values and Belief in Public Life’: Modernity in music is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon. The much-used word ‘modernism’ is also a catch-all definition which leaves questions still hanging in the air. It is a word, like […]

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