December, 2016

Composers > Inspiration > Happy New Year from Franz Schubert and the Nonsense Society
by Georg Predota | December 31st, 2016

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In April 1817, a merry little band of artists decided to form a small private club called the “Unsinnsgesellschaft” (Nonsense Society). Based in Vienna, this congenial group of artistic friends published a weekly magazine, the “Archiv des menschlichen Unsinns” (Archive [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Holiday Fun: The Nutcracker
by Maureen Buja | December 31st, 2016

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From its first notes, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker takes us to someplace warm and magical. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Overture (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Rattle, cond.) The ballet originates in a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the [...] more >>

My music > Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz: La Harpe reine
December 31st, 2016

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Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz III. Rondo – Allegro From Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz: La Harpe reine (2016) Released by Harmonia Mundi Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op.7 – III. Rondo – AllegroThe Triumph of the Harp! When [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Composers and Their Poets: Wolf II
by Maureen Buja | December 30th, 2016

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Wolf took up the poetry of Goethe and in his Goethe-Lieder collection, set 51 poems. They came from a variety of poetic sources, including the influential Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1795-96) and the wonderfully named West-östlicher Diwan (1819), as well as [...] more >>

Media > Neuroscientists Still Don’t Know Why Music Sounds Good
December 30th, 2016

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Your taste in music is weird. Maybe you just can’t stop listening to that power ballad, or you’ve wondered about your bewildering weakness for yodeling. And maybe, just maybe, nobody understands your all-consuming obsession with Steely Dan, the greatest band [...] more >>