‘Repugnant’, ‘uninspired’ and ‘awful’ – works hated by their own composers

From Beethoven to Ravel, and Elgar to Saint-Saëns, 10 of the best-known pieces that their composers disowned despite – or perhaps because of – their popularity

September 18th, 2015 | Tags:
How Does a Pianist Remember the 30,000 Notes of the ‘Rach 3′?

Scientific research by Charles Brenner and Jeffrey Zacks has observed that walking through doorways interferes with memory and facilitates forgetting.

September 16th, 2015 | Tags:
3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

In a recital hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, a group of musicians got together to play Jean-Baptiste Singelée’s 1857 quartet for saxophones on some very old, very special instruments.

September 11th, 2015 | Tags:
6 Surprising Facts about Happiness and Music

Happiness and music are more connected that you think! In fact, “happy music” is a widely accepted term in the scientific field. Researchers define happy music as a piece written in major key and with a fast tempo. Happy songs [...] more >>

September 9th, 2015 | Tags:
Have Orchestra, Will Travel

From the department of intriguing ideas comes Symphony S.O.N.G. (Symphony Orchestra for the Next Generation), essentially a mobile orchestra housed in a five-and-a-half-ton semi truck that travels to various locales in South Korea to spread the gospel of classical music.

September 4th, 2015 | Tags: ,
Stop “Defending” Music Education

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the “keep [...] more >>

September 2nd, 2015 | Tags:
The Hindenburg’s Aluminum Piano

The Hindenburg featured the first piano ever to be carried on a passenger aircraft.

August 28th, 2015 | Tags: ,
Top Five Pianists Who Developed Personalized Instruments

Little has seemingly changed in piano design over the past century and a half, but over that time several distinguished pianists have tinkered with the instrument to serve their needs, including the five musicians below:

August 26th, 2015 | Tags: ,