September, 2016

60 Posts
Patriotism and Nationalism VI: South Africa and Belgium
For many countries, their National Anthems are symbols of their place in the world. They may reflect many different aspects of a country, sometimes listing nature’s bountiful beauties, sometimes giving an encapsulated history of a country, or reflecting a particularly
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Between the ears: How music skills may help babies learn language
Babies who learned to keep waltz time during play sessions showed stronger brain responses to timing mistakes in both music and speech, suggesting that music training could help them learn to talk.
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Steve Reich
“All great music is contemporary” On 18 January 1973, Michael Tilson Thomas introduced Four Organs, scored for four Hammond organs and maracas by aspiring composer Steve Reich to New York audiences. Scheduled alongside music by Mozart, Bartók and Liszt, audience
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C. P. E Bach – Von Dittersdorf – Hoffmann
C. P. E BachThree Symphonies for Orchestra Von DittersdorfConcerto for Harp and Orchestra in A major HoffmannConcerto for Mandolin and Orchestra in D Major Performed by Orchestre de Chambre de Hambourg (Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks) Georg Ludwig Jochum, conductor Irmgard Helmis, harp
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Love Songs for Claire
In the summer of 1936, the French composer Oliver Messiaen (1908-1992) was on holiday on the shores of Lac de Laffrey. He had a summer home here and it would be the place where he wrote the majority of his
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Classical music page-turners turn the page into the modern era
As jobs go, there’s not much to recommend it. The work is hard, there’s no glory, and the risk of disaster is high. Regarding any levity, only the paycheck might draw a laugh.
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Is My Team Ploughing?
The English poet A.E. Housman (1859-1936) is best known for his collection of poems about the countryside: A Shropshire Lad (1896). Houseman’s poems sold slowly at first but after the Second Boer War (1899-1902), its poems about life in the
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Messiaen
MessiaenTurangalîla-Symphony Performed by Hans Rosbaud, conductor Yvonne Loriod, piano Jeanne Loriod, Ondes Martenot Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester Recorded in 1958 Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphony – Introduction
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