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Jacqueline Mary du Pre
Jacqueline Mary du Pre (1945-1987) is arguably one of the most gifted cellists of our time. She is particularly remembered for her legendary debut performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, which she performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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The Curse of the Ninth
Gustav Mahler Das klagende Lied (1880) Kindertotenlieder (1904) Symphony No. 9 (1909) Summer of 1907 came as a nightmare for Austrian-Jewish composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). His five year old daughter Maria Anna died of scarlet fever and diphtheria; he lost
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An Unstoppable Talent
Stravinsky Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 (1907) At age nine, Russian musician Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) was already a music prodigy. His parents took him to his first opera performance when he was five, only to find
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Nature, Nurture and Playing Music to Cows
Do cows understand music? Can animals appreciate the beauty of music? The term “playing music to a cow” (对牛弹琴) is an old Chinese proverb that came about when a man called Gong Mingyi played music to his cow, only to
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Music and Language
Imagine a world without language — a world where sounds were merely frequencies on a spectrum, and where the rules of writing and speech did not exist. It would be virtually impossible to imagine how human civilization would have developed,
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The Voices of Angels
During the Baroque period (1600-1750), male sopranos composed about 70 percent of all opera singers. Crowned as the singing sensations of the 18th century, these men moved audiences with the shrill clarity of their high-pitched voices, and the lung power
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I Drink, Therefore I am: The Truth about Alcohol and Creativity
Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are associated with alcohol? Beethoven, Vincent van Gogh, Elvis Presley, Andy Warhol, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, are but a handful of many who have been known for their creative output and
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‘Franz Schubert’s Illness: The Melancholy of an Autumnal Sunset
“I am the most unhappy and miserable person in this world… my health will never improve, and in such despair, things will only become worse instead of better…” ~ Franz Schubert Austrian Composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is enshrined as the
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