Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio reviews music for WORLD Magazine. Follow Arsenio on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Elvis remembered

Music | HBO highlights the environments that shaped a great talent
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 4/26/18, 03:00 am

Progressives might disagree, but the rehabilitation of Elvis Presley’s artistic reputation began in earnest with the publication of William F. Buckley Jr.’s novel Elvis in the Morning in 2001. (Charlie Rose: “Mick Jagger said about this book, ‘It’s the best Elvis novel I’ve ever read.’” Buckley: “Well, I think there are only two.”)  

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Recent Classical releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 4/12/18, 10:55 am

Portrait of a Lady with a Harp: Music for Queen Christina of Sweden

Mara Galassi

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Library of Congress

Refined sensuosity

Music | A flood of Debussy releases reveals a composer outside of his time
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 4/12/18, 10:45 am

March 25 marked the centennial of the death of the greatest French composer of all time, Claude Debussy. Whether he’ll ever earn the title of “Greatest Composer of All Time, Period,” however, is unlikely, if only because he ignored many of the conventions used to compare and contrast great composers in the first place.

In terms of structure, tonality, texture, and sonority (almost everything, in other words, that makes music music), as well as in terms of his openness to non-European and extra-musical influences, Debussy followed his own rules.

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