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The Concert Preacher: Music in the Service of Politics?

When Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman told American audiences during his debut recital at Disney Hall in Los Angeles “Get your hands off my country,” he stirred up the seemingly endless debate whether classical music and political advocacy can or should [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 17th, 2018
Composers and Their Poets: George Crumb

One of the most striking of George Crumb’s compositions is his 1970 song cycle Ancient Voices of Children. Based on fragments of poetry by Federico García Lorca, this work challenges the singer to extremes of vocalizations, set against an ensemble [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | October 15th, 2018
Music in the Air and on the Street

They all seem to start the same way – a public location – a mall, a public square, an airport, a few people wandering through with purpose, and then it all snaps into focus. The music starts, or the bass [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 10th, 2018
China and Opera: Discovery and Sublimation

Before the harpsichord was introduced into China in 1601 by Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), during the Ming Dynasty, no Chinese had heard Western music. We could say that Matteo Ricci and his successors drew royal attention merely by using these Western [...] more >>

by Frank Xu | September 9th, 2018
The Benefits of Music

I was looking at a listing on Buzzfeed, that news-site famous for its viral lists, on ’25 Cheat Sheets for Taking Care of Yourself Like an…Adult’ and noticed a recurring theme:

by Maureen Buja | September 7th, 2018
The Musical Knife

I trust you have previously enjoyed reading about the “Musical Bed” and the “Musical Bike”. Now, here comes a real musical curiosity in the form of a double-bladed musical knife! It is a rare treasure indeed, as only three of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 29th, 2018
Rhythm on the brain, and why we can’t stop dancing

Music and dance are far from idle pastimes. They are universal forms of expression and deeply rewarding activities that fulfil diverse social functions. Both feature in all the world’s cultures and throughout history. A common feature of music and dance [...] more >>

by Peter Keller | August 28th, 2018
Making Music for Good

Everyone’s agreed that bringing music into education is a benefit to students. What happens, though, when the price of a music education is beyond the means of the family? Five years ago, Hong Kong’s Music Children Foundation (MCF) started to [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 26th, 2018