Tracing The People’s Republic Of Beethoven

Imagine you’re a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and ’70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that’s deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might [...] more >>

January 27th, 2017 | Tags: ,
Does music really help you concentrate?

‘I won’t be able to focus if you turn that off,’ a gazillion teenagers have whined at their parents. Is it possible that they’re right?

January 25th, 2017 | Tags:
Music & Your Mind Are More Linked Than You Think

Is jazz for intellectuals? Punk for creative non-conformists? Country for hard-working, easygoing folk? How interwoven is our love for music with our personalities, really?

January 20th, 2017 | Tags:
A Metronome Practice Strategy for Musicians Who Hate Metronomes

Most musicians have been encouraged to practice with a metronome at some point. I certainly was, more than once.

January 18th, 2017 | Tags:
Got a Classic Piece? Here Comes the Sequel.

“Composers have always wanted to fondle the pieces that they love,” John Adams, of “Nixon in China” fame, said in a recent interview. They have long borrowed from their predecessors: quoted them, evoked them, effaced them, mocked them. They have [...] more >>

January 13th, 2017 | Tags:
Classical music helps horses keep calm, new research finds

The sight of top athletes such as Michael Phelps or Serena Williams relaxing before a major event with a pair of headphones clamped to their ears is now commonplace.

January 11th, 2017 | Tags:
Syrian band’s concerts are music to German ears

A group of refugee performers is enchanting German audiences with traditional Arabic music, creating a cultural exchange and dialogue between newcomers and locals.

January 6th, 2017 | Tags:
HD broadcasts, once the future of opera, are now seen by some as its demise

The Metropolitan Opera, the largest opera company in the United States, is struggling. Its ticket sales are way down — to 66 percent of capacity last season. Its general director, Peter Gelb, has had trouble with everything from labor negotiations [...] more >>

January 4th, 2017 | Tags: