From rock and pop to world and classical: From week to week, DW looks back at an important event from the world of music. Below you'll find the current as well as recent editions of Music This Week.
For over 50 years, Jeff Beck has been rocking the world's concert stages. "With Jeff, it's all in the hands," Eric Clapton once put it. June 24 marks the guitarist's 70th birthday. (24.06.2014)
It's not too long ago that declining a smoke was almost a breach of etiquette. Then came a variety of health studies, bans on advertising and anti-smoking campaigns. But the cigarette lives on in popular songs. (20.06.2014)
The composer, conductor, professional and maestro of self-promotion was born 150 years ago. But one shadow hangs over Richard Strauss: his ambivalent attitude to the Nazi regime. (10.06.2014)
Composer and pianist Erwin Schulhoff - born in Prague on June 8, 1894 - was a musical daredevil more likely to discover his music in a local tavern than in respectable concert halls. (07.06.2014)
Lenny Kravitz has long borrowed freely from rock, soul and pop to create his signature style - a sound that has helped him sell more than 30 million records. On May 26, the rock and now film star turned 50 years old. (26.05.2014)
Beethoven's only opera, "Fidelio," was among his cherished but most troubling compositions. After 10 years of redrafts, which saw him score four different overtures, the final version received its world premiere in 1814. (20.05.2014)
"It Never Rains in Southern California" made Albert Hammond a star. The British singer went on to became a behind-the-scenes master, writing songs for pop music icons. His 70th birthday falls on May 18. (16.05.2014)
The Italian maestro commanded the world's attention from the conductor's podium with his gentle but decisive approach. Unforgettable remains his "Don Giovanni" recording from 1961. He would have turned 100 on May 9. (08.05.2014)
Creating his own sound, the orchestra leader became a star in Germany and well beyond. His trademark easy listening, big band style made him a party favorite. At 85, James Last is far from retirement. (16.04.2014)
When Bill Haley and the Comets recorded their song in 1954, they never could have guessed it would become a pop music staple. The band delivered the sound of rebellion to dissatisfied young people. (11.04.2014)
On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain killed himself with a shotgun. The singer of rock band Nirvana lived to age 27 - placing him in what's been dubbed the "27 club" of young musicians who died at the height of their careers. (05.04.2014)
Hailed around the globe, she got an entire generation moving on the dance floor. There's hardly a prize Diana Ross hasn't won in her 50-year career. On March 26, the soul and pop icon turns 70. (25.03.2014)
Modest Mussorgsky was born 175 years ago, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 170 years ago. The two composers were contemporaries and companions, but also opposites. Their friendship: a stroke of good fortune for music lovers. (20.03.2014)
A pioneer of historically informed performance practice, Norrington is among the world's most sought after and influential conductors. He continues to shape the music world with his inquisitive, provocative approach. (14.03.2014)
In his lifetime, C.P.E. Bach was more famous than his father, Johann Sebastian Bach. His music continued to influence composers for generations to follow. (05.03.2014)
Robbie Williams embodies the constant ups and downs of the music industry like hardly any other artist. The one-time teen idol celebrates his 40th this year on February 13. (13.02.2014)
Loved, hated, mocked: he divides the nation. Millions of Germans know Dieter Bohlen for his acerbic tongue on a top casting show, but he began his career as a schmaltzy crooner. Now the pop titan is turning 60. (07.02.2014)
Apart from the St. Thomas cantor in Leipzig, no other church music position is as highly regarded as the cantor of Dresden’s Kreuzkirche. The birthdays of two former Kreuz cantors happen to coincide this week. (28.01.2014)
Launched on January 24, 1984, the Macintosh changed consumers' relationship with computers forever by rendering them sleek and practical. Meanwhile, songwriters have been both enchanted and repelled by computation. (22.01.2014)
Today, the name Wurlitzer is a synonym for the jukebox, the indispensible source of bar entertainment in the 1950s. But Rudolph Wurlitzer is known for revolutionizing movies with his organs that accompanied silent films. (13.01.2014)
The unique Blue Note Records label can look back at a long history. Founded by two Jews from Berlin who fled the Nazis, a dream became reality when the label's first recording came out 75 years ago. (09.01.2014)
First an enfant terrible, then written off as a minstrel. Paul Hindemith is one of the 20th Century's most important composers, yet to this day much of his work remains on the fringes. (28.12.2013)
Love him or hate him, there's hardly a music lover in the country who hasn't got an opinion on Heino. Germany's most successful folk singer has sold more than 40 million records. He turns 75 on December 13. (13.12.2013)
Vienna was in raptures over the rhythmic energy they encountered at the premiere of Beethoven’s new symphony. Was the composer finally mad? Or had the audience just experienced a musical victory over Napoleon? (05.12.2013)
Prodigy, pacifist, exile; the most successful English composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, was a man of many facets. (22.11.2013)
November 13th marks the 350th birthday of Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, a man forever immortalized by having a street named after him in the German city of Halle. But who exactly was he? (13.11.2013)
The guitarist and singer for the punk band Die Ärtze celebrated a special birthday on October 27th. Farin Urlaub has developed over the decades into a musician of strong character who is known to be uncompromising. (01.11.2013)
The Berlin's Philharmonic's tent-like appearance has made it a favorite venue for musicians and listeners alike. This year, Hans Scharoun's world-famous concert hall celebrates its 50th birthday. (15.10.2013)
Verdi is almost peerless when it comes to Italian composers. The world honors his rich musical legacy this week in conjunction with the master composer's 200th birthday. (09.10.2013)
55 years ago, a very distinguished US soldier began his military service in Germany. Elvis Presley was already a rock star by then. Though he couldn't perform during his service, he left behind many musical traces. (01.10.2013)
In Romania, singer Maria Tanase is still worshipped like a saint. Her unique voice and campaign to fight the fascist regime are remembered today. She would have turned 100 years old on September 25. (25.09.2013)
Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds" is a classic in the history of cinema. Its soundtrack, which is considered unique to this day, contributed to the film's enduring reputation. (19.09.2013)
Fifty years ago, during the legendary March on Washington, some 250,000 people demonstrated for equal rights for Afro-American citizens. Music played a key role in the civil rights movement. (28.08.2013)
At the International Radio Exhibition in 1963 in Berlin, it was declared a marvel of sound technology. From dictating texts to making music mix tapes, the cassette was everywhere. A look back. (14.08.2013)
This "People's Car" model is a legend among automobiles. It conquered the silver screen as Herbie, and cropped up at several key junctures of music history. Production of the car ended on July 30, 2003. (30.07.2013)
The Stones' front man didn't have to wait long for success. But what might have become of Mick Jagger if he hadn't let himself get caught urinating in public on the side of a gas station in 1965? (26.07.2013)
Revered like a saint in South Africa, Nelson Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday on July 18. As anti-Apartheid leader and the first black president of his country, he has inspired reconciliation during his lifetime. (23.07.2013)
The world sighed in relief when European diplomats signed the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, ending the War of Spanish Succession. Handel's 'Utrecht Te Deum,' performed on July 13, 1713, celebrated the event. (11.07.2013)
The singer and actress is regarded as one of the best-known German artists in international show business. On July 4, 2013, the likeable diva celebrated her 50th birthday. (05.07.2013)
Even in early childhood, Claudio Abbado was overcome by music's magic. The world-famous conductor is known not only for his musical talents, but also for social engagement. He celebrated his 80th birthday on June 26. (27.06.2013)
These days, Franz Danzi is too quickly categorized as a 'little' rather than 'great' master. But in his day, his companions considered him to be one of the leading composers in the country. He was born on June 15, 1763. (13.06.2013)
Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" is a mass commemorating those who died during two world wars, but the work also serves as a call for peace. Its German debut came 50 years ago - on June 6, 1963 - in Munich. (06.06.2013)
On May 29, 1913, an unbelievable commotion filled the Theater du Champs-Elysees in Paris. The audience very nearly rioted during the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's now classic ballet "The Rite of Spring." (31.05.2013)
He almost didn't get the job - but on April 22, 1723, Leipzig city officials named the composer from Eisenach director of St. Thomas Boy Choir. Bach would go on to show his rebellious side at the venerable school. (26.04.2013)
Bill Haley's hit "Rock Around the Clock" made its debut on April 12, 59 years ago. DW takes a look back at the 1950s, as a new music style gave expression to a generation's outlook. (12.04.2013)
It's had its share of ups and downs in critical assessment, but Rachmaninoff's music is here to stay. We recall the composer who has been called the last great Romantic. (05.04.2013)
A young woman tells fascinating tales of faraway mythical places. Her life depends on it. This hour, the fairy tale of Arabian Nights translated into music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
A strong sample of Russian orchestral culture from the ensemble that embodies it like none other: the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra of St. Petersburg, led by its principal conductor Valery Gergiev.
German electronic musician Christopher von Deylen and his band Schiller will become the first pop group to perform in Iran's capital, Tehran, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Producer Janine Jackowski puts films by and about women to the fore. Including Maren Ade's prize-winning Toni Erdmann.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in literature, is cutting all ties with a man facing a series of sexual harassment allegations. The influential person had been closely linked with the institution.
With the successful staging of "Fiddler on the Roof," the Komische Oper celebrates its 70th anniversary. For DW columnist Gero Schliess, the smallest of the three Berlin opera houses is particularly inspiring right now.
Bauhaus is one of Germany's most successful cultural exports. But these days, 22 of the world's leading architecture offices are American, 17 British - and only three German.
After the "Jamaica" coalition talks aimed at building the next German government collapsed in Berlin on Sunday, Germany's top culture critics took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
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