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Composers > Inspiration > A Whale of a Story - Herman Melville and Moby Dick
by Georg Predota | August 19th, 2019

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Herman Melville and Moby Dick

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On 1 August we celebrate the 200th birthday of Herman Melville (1819-1891), the author of one of the greatest novels in the English language. But Moby Dick, the epic tale of the voyage of the whaling ship “Pequod” and its [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Musicians and Artists: Faustina Bordoni and Rosalba Carriera
by Maureen Buja | August 18th, 2019

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The painter Rosalba Carriera (ca. 1673-1757) was born in Venice and made her name in portrait miniatures. Her work in pastels made her popular and she chose to show this in her own self-portrait where her self-portait was in pastels [...] more >>

Blog > Advice to Myself: Never Play Through Pain
by Frances Wilson | August 18th, 2019

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I should have known better than to attempt the fast octaves at the beginning of Schubert‘s first Klavierstück, D946, with incorrect (or rather non-existent) technique (this was some years after I had returned to the piano seriously after an absence [...] more >>

Blog > The Frogs Croak and Music Smokes at Franklin Pond
by Janet Horvath | August 17th, 2019

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franklin pond chamber music

You’d never suspect that in a lovely suburb in Atlanta, in a home surrounded by statuesque trees and a pond full of raucous frogs, young people ages 8-18 are playing chamber music at an amazing level. Founded by long-time Atlanta [...] more >>

Blog > The World’s Most Amazing Musical Instruments
by Rob J Kennedy | August 16th, 2019

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Humans have been inventing musical instruments since day two: day one we were busy toiling. A lot of these musical inventions are crossovers, like the Harp-Guitar, but some are straight out of the weirdest and wackiest imaginations on earth — [...] more >>

Blog > Salzburg Festival 2019: Mozart’s Idomeneo
by Philip Eisenbeiss | August 15th, 2019

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Salzburg generally does Mozart exceptionally well. But this year Salzburg did very little well, including Mozart. The Salzburg native’s seminal work is difficult to perform at the best of times. The story set in Crete after the Trojan War poses [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > Interview with Masato Suzuki - Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan
by Frances Wilson | August 15th, 2019

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Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan

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“Every day presents new and exciting challenges that I look forward to tackling” Bach: Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C Minor, BWV 1062 Your father, Masaaki Suzuki, must have had a major impact on your musical development as a child. [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > Danielpour’s - Talking with Aphrodite - and other works
by Maureen Buja | August 14th, 2019

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richard danielpour

In Erica Jong’s 2003 novel Sappho’s Leap, Sappho stands on the edge of the cliff, but now, instead of taking the fatal leap because of her unrequited love for the boatman Phaon, she confronts the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, and [...] more >>