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The Lucky Agonies
Niccolo Paganini Niccolo Paganini (1782 –1840) was an Italian virtuoso violinist and composer who loved playing tricks during his performances. To impress his audience, he would sometimes tune one of his strings a semitone higher, and at other times he
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Brass Buzz
Brass players are lucky to have some of the most gorgeous music written for them. One can’t help but think of Bruckner Symphonies, like the 9th Symphony with 8 horns, 4 of them doubling on Wagner Tubas, 3 trumpets and
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The German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925 for his work in quantum mechanics, suggested “The space in which a person developed as an intellectual/spiritual being has more dimensions than the space
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Baby, your Shoulders!
It is estimated that shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries among the general public and the third most common complaint among instrumental musicians.A shoulder injury can happen to a young athletic person as well as an older
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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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Listen Hear: Protecting Your Most Precious Sense,
Part 2
Nearly every day I see large advertisements promoting hearing devices. There is certainly a need. Hearing plays an essential role in communication, language development and learning. Even a small amount of hearing loss can have a profound, negative effect on
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Listen Hear: Protecting your Most Precious Sense,
Part 1
Without music life is unthinkable. Audience members and musicians are passionate about it, yet few people realize that decibels can be dangerous! Our world is toxically noisy and our hearing is jeopardized on a daily basis. The majority of cases
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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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