Sciences

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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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The Power to Overcome
Beethoven Symphony no.9 in D minor Op 125 “Choral” (1824) IV Finale: Presto – Allegro assai Smetana String Quartet no. 1 “From my live” (1876) Má vlast (1879) “… For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because
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The One-Armed Swordsman
“The One-Armed Swordsman” (Dubei dao “獨臂刀”) is an old Chinese film depicting the life of a swordsman of the Golden Sword School. During a ferocious fight, the swordsman’s right arm tragically gets cut off, ending his career as a swordsman.
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Love and Song
Why are there so many songs about love? Regardless of whether it is country music, pop music or classical music, songs about love and romance have always made up the greatest proportion. In fact, the world’s oldest song ever discovered
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The cup of water that took away Tchaikovsky
Given the way medical advancements have significantly prolonged life expectancies around the world, it is hard to imagine that old-age diseases such as cholera are still affecting people in our world today. The cholera epidemic that recently hit Haiti has
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I sing, therefore I speak
When Charles Darwin proposed the theory of Evolution, it quickly became common knowledge that organisms constantly adapt to their environment for survival. This is where the catchphrase “survival of the fittest” or “natural selection” comes into play. Favourable traits that
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How music affects our emotions
Have you ever heard the song Gloomy Sunday, the 1933 tune composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress? This song is said to be the saddest tune ever composed, and is rumoured to have sparked hundreds to commit suicide.
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Why were opera singers fat?
Picture in your head an image of an opera singer. Like many people, you may see the stereotype of a fat lady in an extravagant gown belting it out like there was no tomorrow. Why are opera singers fat? Or,
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