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A Maestro with Many Wands
Manfred Eicher, the founder of the German classical and jazz label, has demonstrated for decades a level of foresight and intuition that has allowed him to discover talent and cross-pollinate a wide range of styles.
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The Sweet Sound of Nightingales
Florian Leonhard, a London violin dealer, keeps a large fossilised ammonite in his showroom. It echoes the scroll on a fiddle’s neck, but it also has symbolic significance: violin-making, he says, is a “fossil profession”. He has a point.
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Musical Surgeon Examines the OR Soundtrack
For performing a routine colorectal surgery, Dr. Claudius Conrad prefers the music of Bach, whose fugues and preludes mirror the methodical, structured steps of the procedure. But when operating on a patient with terrible burns, Conrad queues up techno or
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For Conductors, Magic of Music in the Baton
The hardwood baton used by San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is 12 inches long and made by a retired stage hand in Amsterdam. The stick used by Nicola Luisotti, the San Francisco Opera’s music director, is 13 inches
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Turning Complaints Into Art
Life in Tokyo, as everywhere else in the world, is annoying and unfair. The good men are all married. Co-workers clip their fingernails at their desks. Laundry comes back from the cleaners still dirty. Society is too competitive. It is
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Notes From Leonardo’s Musical Dreams
The problem with playing string quartets is you need four string players in a room. Leonardo da Vinci figured out a solution: a hybrid of a keyboard and bowed string instrument, a mythical beast like the griffin, part eagle and
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John Walker Re-creates Great Performance
Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos.
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Age of the French Classical Audience
From time to time, people have mentioned in comments here a French government study that supposedly shows that the French classical music audience is very young, with a median age of 38. I’ve never been able to find the source
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