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Swine Flu H1N1
The Virulent Pig
Science tells us, that we all got a lot of common with pigs. Since we are both mammals, we certainly share a good amount of genetic material, and we are both susceptible to catch the flu. Pigs are unusual in
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Coronavirus MERS-CoV
The Virulent Camel
In September 2012, health officials in Saudi Arabia reported a mystery illness. Patients developed severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Alarmingly, 3 to 4 out of every 10 patients died. It was originally assumed
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Avian Influenza H5N1
The Virulent Chicken
Just when we thought that the virus news from China could not get much worse, comes a report from Wuhan province that a deadly strain of Bird flu has been detected on the southern border of Hubei province. The good
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Bowing to History – Casadesus’ Homage à Chausson
Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) was far better known as a pianist than as a composer, but in his compositions, we find an interesting side view on this most French of French pianists. In his 1954 work, Homage à Chausson, Casadesus paid
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Coronavirus nCoV-2019
The Virulent Bat
As soon as you start trading wildlife for food, scary things can, and will happen. The newest virus capturing the world’s attention is a bug belonging to the coronavirus family that originated in a live-animal market in Wuhan, in Hubei
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Ludwig van B.
A Universe of Dedications II
As a freelance musician, Ludwig van B. was always looking for ways to make money. The dedication of works to nobility and/or friends, although a rather uncertain source of income, was one possible revenue stream. However, much depended on the
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John Woods Duke: 3 Chinese Love Lyrics
The American composer and pianist John Woods Duke (1899-1984) might not be a household name, but he was certainly one of the most talented composers of art song in the 20th century. Duke was fascinated by the “strange and marvelous
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“Fantasy on a Chinese Poem”
The economic rise of China in the last quarter of the 20th century has spawned renewed artistic interest in the vast and fascinating history of this ancient country. It certainly served as the inspiration for Icelandic composer Áskell Másson. Born
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