The Frogs Croak and Music Smokes at Franklin Pond

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 >>

by Janet Horvath
August 17th, 2019
The World’s Most Amazing Musical Instruments

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 >>

by Rob J Kennedy
August 16th, 2019
Salzburg Festival 2019: Mozart’s Idomeneo

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 >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
August 15th, 2019
Must We Have Music With Everything?

Music seems to be everywhere these days, from cafés, bars and restaurants to shops, hotels, stations and airports, leaking out of other people’s headphones and earbuds, and more recently in banks and even the waiting room of my doctors’ surgery. [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 11th, 2019
Aaron Rosand: Last of a Generation

Recently, we lost a virtuoso violinist, Aaron Rosand—one of the last of a generation of exceptional violinists, which included Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, Ida Haendel and others. Rosand had a brilliant performing career, which [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
August 10th, 2019
Is Music a Valueless Product?

As someone who has spent most of his life inside music, I value what music has taught me. The things music has given me and the beauty and pleasure I get from listening to and creating music are beyond almost [...] more >>

by Rob J Kennedy
August 9th, 2019
Stephen Hough’s Rough Ideas

The title is a play on his name and the collection of essays in this satisfyingly chunky volume were often “roughed out” by Stephen Hough while travelling between concert engagements, If you think the life of the international concert pianist [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 8th, 2019
Two Female Composers Whose Music Deserves to Be Better Known

Born within a year of one another, female composers Dora Pejačević (1885-1923) and Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) gained little recognition during their own lifetimes and it has only been in recent years that their music has become better known, and deservedly [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 7th, 2019