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Violins vs. Violas: What’s the Difference?
The violin and viola are two instruments that look and sound very similar. Each instrument, however, has its own unique timbre, role, character…and partisans. In this article, we’re looking at the differences between the violin and the viola. We’ll be
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Manchester Camerata to Host the UK’s First Centre of Excellence for Music and Dementia
The therapeutic benefits of music are well-known and widely documented. For people with dementia, music can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, enhance quality of life, and have a positive impact on families and carers too.
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31 May: Diana Damrau Was Born
Dazzling audiences with technical prowess and emotional depth, German soprano Diana Damrau has achieved international fame in opera and also in concert and lieder performances. Sporting impeccable diction, extended lyricism, and vivid theatricality, Damrau effortlessly commands the coloratura repertoire, and
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30 May: Britten’s War Requiem Was Premiered
The premiere performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem took place on 30 May 1962 at the consecration ceremony for the New Coventry Cathedral. The original fourteenth-century structure had been destroyed in a World War II bombing raid, and the work
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Rudolf Tobias (1873-1918)
The Estonian Trailblazer
When we hear music originating from the ancient shores of the Baltic Sea, we immediately think of the Estonian composers Veljo Tormis and Arvo Pärt. Of course, they are very famous right now, but their successes built on the ground-breaking
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28 May: Seong-Jin Cho Was Born
By winning First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 2015, Seong-Jin Cho immediately rose to international prominence. Signing an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2016, Cho has established himself as one of the leading pianists of
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Starting Over Again
I haven’t touched the piano for six months. I have a beautiful early 20th-century Bechstein model A grand piano which has been sitting, untouched, in my piano room/office. There is music open on the stand – Schubert’s Piano Sonata in
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26 May: Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) Was Premiered
Igor Stravinsky’s first opera The Nightingale, to his own libretto in collaboration with Stepan Mitusov and based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, premiered at the Opéra in Paris on 26 May 1914. The marvellously colourful production was commissioned by
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