Pursuing Protein in Classical Music

Evolution has given human beings four types of teeth, each with a specific function. Incisors cut the food, canines tear the food and molar and premolars crush the food. Given that kind of evolutionary structure, it seems rather reasonable to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 9th, 2018
Destination Brazil

Brazil and its main city, Rio de Janeiro, came to life for many people in the film that showed the many facets of the city: Black Orpheus (Orpheu Negro) and its retelling of the Orpheus myth through the medium of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 6th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Robert and Clara Schumann II

Robert Schumann spent the last two-and-a-half years of his life in a private psychiatric hospital in Endenich. His medical records were discovered in 1991, and first published in 2006. They contain daily entries documenting treatment—including shielding from stimuli, physical procedures, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 2nd, 2018
Destination Rome

The city of Rome is a city of ancient forums and modern traffic, fabulous fountains and busy markets, solemn churches and resonant spaces. It’s a walking city and all of history seems to have happened here.

by Maureen Buja | March 30th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Robert and Clara Schumann

Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms are surely the most famous love triangle in the history of Western music. Details of the courtship, ensuing legal troubles and the eventual marriage between Robert and Clara are well known.

by Georg Predota | March 26th, 2018
Flower Waltzes

Dancing and flowers seem to go together – the beautiful flowers moving gently in the breeze and the dancers weaving their way around the floor.

by Maureen Buja | March 25th, 2018
Destination Cairo

Cairo – the ancient and modern city. One side of the river are the modern buildings of today, and on the outskirts of town is the Giza plateau with the familiar pyramids and the sphinx. The city itself is a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 23rd, 2018
Busoni and the Clarinet

When we speak of musicians, we often credit their parent or a likely aunt as their first influence at their instrument. For the Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), we find his father, clarinettist Fernando Busoni (1834-1909), important to his development [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 20th, 2018