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The Earwig As well as his blog, Bernard Hughes writes regularly on new music for Tempo, a quarterly published by Cambridge University Press. He has written about the composers Piers Hellawell, Param Vir, Judith Weir and contributes regular CD, concert and book reviews. Bernard Hughes also reviews for the website theartsdesk.
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Click below to read some examples of Bernard Hughes’s writing, including an article about the music of Piers Hellawell, and a selection of ‘In Analysis’ articles published by SPNM.

vir ‘Sound Judgements’: Piers Hellawell In Interview
Piers Hellawell is a Belfast-based British composer, whose work is uncompromising but engaging and thoughtful. This article explores Hellawell’s working processes, compositional preoccupations and interests in education. Published in Tempo no.270, p.48-56. © Cambridge University Press. Used by permission.

vir ‘Magical Theatres’: The Music of Param Vir
Param Vir (b.1954) is one of the leading opera composers of his generation. This article explains the background and history of his main works.
© Copyright Cambridge University Press. Used by Permission.
ruders_analysis ‘Ringing the Changes’
Danish composer Poul Ruders found inspiration for a composing method in the most unlikely place.
© Copyright Bernard Hughes and SPNM.
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‘The magical meeting of music and moment’
A Proms performance of Oliver Knussen’s Coursing was unexpectedly interrupted…
© Copyright Bernard Hughes and SPNM.
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‘Not-quite-minimalist madness’
Like the runners leaving the blocks in a dads’ three-legged race at sports day, Ligeti’s Ètudes burst into life in a mêlée of hectic activity…
© Copyright Bernard Hughes and SPNM.
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‘The struggle for simplicity’
Param Vir’s Horse Tooth White Rock draws on the stunning art and mythology of medieval Tibet.
© Copyright Bernard Hughes and SPNM.
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‘Unseriously good’
Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto is a light-hearted masterpiece – a rarity in modern music.
© Copyright Bernard Hughes and SPNM.

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