October, 2014

58 Posts
The Luthéal Attachment
I am almost certain you have never heard of the Belgian inventor George Cloetens (1871-1949). In the category of quirky inventions, he is known for patenting a special dual-chamber syringe, and claiming a patent for printing advertisements on toilet paper!
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Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors
For some concertgoers, the concert hall is a last bastion of decorum, but for others it’s an anachronism needing to loosen up its strict customs. While some disturbances are universally scorned, certain manners are less clear cut. We’ve gathered the
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Mendelssohn and the String Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 — 1847) started writing string quartets at a very early age – always precocious, he composed his String Quartet in E flat major in 1823, when he was just 14 (although it was not published until 50
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Chopin
ChopinScherzo No. 1 in B minor, op. 20 Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31 Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39 Scherzo No. 4 in E major, op. 54 Fantasy in F minor, op. 49
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Musicality is nature; musical ability is nurture
An article published in The Economist (‘Musical ability is in the DNA’) suggested that one’s musical ability is determined by genetics, and that despite Malcolm Gladwell’s bold statement that 10,000 hours of practice will guarantee expertise in almost any field,
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Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
In the new paradigm, artists generate coverage by their clothes, hook-ups, and run-ins with the law. What happened to the music?
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Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Concert
I had the pleasure of attending the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra opening concert for the 2014/15 season—my first classical music concert since moving to the U.S.A. The concert took place at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The building has a surprisingly small
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Fauré
FauréQuartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, op. 15 Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in E minor, op. 108 Quintet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in C minor, op.115 Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2
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