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Folk Instruments on the Pop Stage: Eurovision 2024
If you saw the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in May, then you saw two different groups with instruments far out of the norm. The Norwegian group Gåte played Ulveham (Wolf Pelt), which is based on a medieval Norwegian
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On This Day
24 May 1974: Duke Ellington’s 50th Anniversary of Death
50 years ago to the day, on 24 May 1974, America mourned the passing of its arguably greatest composers. Without doubt, Duke (Edward Kennedy) Ellington was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader of his time. One of the originators of
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Pen & Paper: Different Approaches of Composing Music
There is an exclusivity to the approaches to composing music, as opposed to all other artistic forms. It is that music can be created through at least two different mediums. The one of the instrument or the one of the
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Lost in Time and Now Found
Maria Herz’s Orchestra Suite, Op. 13
Maria Herz (née Bing) (1878–1950) came from Cologne where her family ran a successful textile business. The youngest daughter, Maria, played cello in the family string quartet but actually loved the piano more. It was said that her performance of
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Indiana Jones and the Missing Donizetti Songs
Indiana Jones Jr. is probably one of cinema’s most famous characters. Portrayed by actor Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones Jr. is a professor of archaeology who finds numerous famous mythological relics, such as the Sankara Stones, the Ark of the Covenant,
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On This Day
21 May: Heinz Holliger Was Born
He may well be one of the most versatile and extraordinary musical personalities of our time. The conductor, composer, oboist, and pianist Heinz Holliger has never stopped searching for the limits of human experiences. Celebrated for his versatility and technique,
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20 May: Alexandre Kantorow Was Born
In 2019, Alexandre Kantorow won the first prize, gold medal, and Grand Prix at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, becoming the first French winner in the history of the competition. Kantorow struck the piano world with the impact of a
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Why Learning to Play the Piano or Any Musical Instrument Saves Lives Part II
“Once you’ve sung in a choir, or played in a band or orchestra, or played in any music ensemble, you’re never the same again. Your ears, your eyes, and your heart are opened up in ways not possible by any
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