ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

Sergei Rachmaninoff “Vocalise”
Universe of Emotions
Rachmaninoff's wordless beauty has been arranged for countless delicious combinations

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Niu Niu: The Pianist’s Journey
An Interview on His New Album and Upcoming Performances
Niu Niu is a talented young pianist who has been performing on stage since the age of 6. This month, a new album featuring a live collaboration between Niu Niu and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestro Jaap
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Grey Clouds Descending
Franz Liszt’s Failing Eyesight
Franz Liszt first sought medical care in 1881, suffering from the early cardio-respiratory disease that would eventually take his life. Concurrently, Liszt also noted a gradual decline in the vision of his left eye. He had used corrective lenses for
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MUSIC AND ARTS

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The Music of Poetry
Aaron Copland: 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson
I had long believed that the poems most frequently set to music came from the pen of Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Whitman, or Verlaine. In reality, however, that particular honour probably belongs to the American poet Emily Dickinson. In 1992 a
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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

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The first movement is one of pure energy, and the composer says he was trying to return to an ideal of classical momentum that he felt had been lost from the Romantic period onward. Even when the expansive second theme appears, the violas ‘niggle’ it from below, driving it forward. Have a listen!

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Which Composers Wrote Nine Symphonies?
The Curse of the Ninth
“The curse of the ninth” is an eerie quirk of classical music history. The phrase refers to a superstition that a composer will die after writing his ninth symphony. The superstition sounds silly, but the fact remains that a good
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