Kiss My Ass

The contents of this passage may be difficult for some classical music fans to accept. Once hailed as Time magazine’s top ten cultural figures of the millennium, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) should perhaps also be known as one of the [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | April 24th, 2016
Music in the Mind

Cheryl had lost most of her hearing abilities by her late 60s. Her hearing had deteriorated so much that she could barely hear people on the phone, and her partners playing bridge together would have to repeat their bids extra [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 30th, 2015
The Power of Silence

To the city dwellers of Hong Kong, noise has always been, and always will be, an inescapable part of life. If you have ever experienced living here, you will understand just how difficult it is to find a quiet place [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | July 10th, 2014
Nature’s Song

Mozart’s Divertimento K522 (also nicknamed ‘A Musical Joke’) is said to be inspired from his pet bird, a starling. The awkwardness of the piece is said to mimic the way starlings whistle off-key. Likewise, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony incorporates the song [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 10th, 2014
The Incredible Human Hands

The Human Hands Here are some facts you may not know about your hands. With 34 muscles, 27 bones, 48 named nerves and at least 123 ligaments in each hand, the human hand is known for its ability to carry [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | November 10th, 2013
The Frailty of a Genius: Frederic Chopin

For many years people believed that Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) had died from tuberculosis. Not only was he known for his chronic coughs, breathlessness and haemotypsis (coughing out blood), ‘tuberculosis’ was also cited as the cause of death on his death [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | June 27th, 2013
Souls Without Music

“A man that hath no music in himself, nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.” This is how Shakespeare described a soul without music. To most of us, music appreciation, like [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 6th, 2013
The Reversed Musicians

Left-handedness does not only affect one’s writing, it can also bring about problems when playing music. The truth is that most instruments are designed for right-handed people, making lefties seem disadvantaged in comparison. However, the elasticity of the human brain [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | April 10th, 2013