Music

The intersection between music, art, and history seen through the lens of the Met collection.

Digital Premiere: Matthew Evan Taylor’s “Life Returns”

Listen to Matthew Evan Taylor’s “Life Returns”, a monumental work that encompasses bite-sized pieces of music, which explore African-American, South Asian, and Western European musical practices.

Shawn E. Okpebholo: “four martins – a dirge” from Songs in Flight

Composer Shawn Okpebholo and Duke University professor Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji bring individual stories to life through song.

The Black Presence in Tudor England

Learn more about John Blanke, a trumpeter who performed at the coronation of Henry VIII, and other documented free Black residents of Tudor England.

The Met’s Cristofori Piano

Inventing the Piano

How Cristofori’s invention gave a new voice to the harpsichord
Detail view of the inside of a conch shell

Immaterial: Shells

It all began with the call of the conch.

Angélique Kidjo at The Met

Angélique Kidjo, one of the most singular and extraordinary voices in international music, performs live at The Met.

Andrés Segovia on His Hermann Hauser Guitar

Watch this 1955 interview with Andrés Segovia in which he discusses his relationship with master luthier Hermann Hauser and plays the guitar Hauser built for him.

Ah, Marie, Performed by Bob Grillo

Bob Grillo performs Ah, Marie with his guitar.

Sonic Cloisters: Conclave

Rooted in Afro-Caribbean rhythms and a commitment to improvisation, Conclave brings new sonic colors and shades of experience to the dance floor.

Digital Premiere—El Cimarrón

Watch El Cimarrón, a performance based on the oral autobiography of Esteban Montejo, who was born into enslavement, escaped bondage on a Cuban sugar plantation, survived in the jungle, fought for Cuban independence from Spain, and lived to tell about it all before dying at the age of 113.

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