Eliza Chiu

Guest Posts
Beethoven and Minona

In 2020, the world will celebrate Beethoven‘s 250th anniversary. Official events start on December 16, 2019, and run until December 17, 2020. The main events are concentrated around Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, Germany. In Bonn, Beethoven’s home has been reopened

A Europe of Music

Europe is well known for being the birthplace of classical music. With major cities such as Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Prague, Saint-Petersburg or Vienna, and an endless list of musicians and composers from Bach, Mozart and Chopin to Debussy, Stravinsky

In Tune Arts
The Music of Poetry
Heinrich Heine “Softly Flow Through My Soul”

Heinrich Heine’s poem “Leise zieht durch mein Gemüht” (Softly flow through my soul) inspired 250 composers to fashion musical settings. This poem contains none of Heine’s famous irony or his love of paradoxes. Instead it is the purest lyrical rejoicing

How to Practice

A follow-up to my earlier article What Is Practice? Debussy: 12 Etudes – No. 1. Pour les cinq doigts (For the five fingers) No. 11. Pour les arpèges composés (For written arpeggios) “Practice Makes Perfect” is an over-used phrase, familiar

Multi-Tasking Conductors—Commendable or Ineffective?

The headline tantalized— “OSM guest conductor Schiff ‘flies off the handle’ in rehearsals, musicians say. ‘The concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony, Richard Roberts, asserted, ‘I don’t think he [Sir András Schiff] is a professional conductor.’” Apparently, Schiff accused the musicians

My music
A Woman’s Emotional World – Björk’s Opera Vespertine

Think back to the turn of the millennium – pop music was focused on getting that drum and bass just right and party music. And then came the events of 2001 and the world changed – 2 towers came down

The King of Instruments

For an instrument that is said to rule over all the other family members in the vast empire of musical instruments, the organ does not get much prominence or recognition. Outside popular pieces like the Toccata and Fugue in D

More music needed in classrooms after 20-year decline

Albert Einstein might have said imagination is more powerful than knowledge, but if the school curriculum is anything to go by, knowledge takes precedence when it comes to Australian teaching.