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Helen Keller: A Great Lover of Music

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbria, Alabama, in the summer of 1880. Nineteen months later, she fell ill (likely with scarlet fever or meningitis) and became deaf and blind.

by Emily E. Hogstad | November 21st, 2017
In the valley, by the water, on the mountain

The new trend of village festivals In the early 4th century, Wang Xizhi (王羲之), often hailed as the greatest calligrapher of all times and best known for his running style calligraphy, wrote Lanting Xu (蘭亭集序 Preface to the Orchid Pavilion) [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang | November 19th, 2017
Martin Luther and the Impact of the Reformation on Architecture, Art and Music

Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther supposedly nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the doors of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in Wittenberg, railing against Catholic Church corruption (in particular against the ‘Sale of Indulgences’) dividing Christianity, and [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | November 12th, 2017
Music as a bridge: In Touch with Music in Offices

Singing is booming. More people than ever before are joining choirs, and the physical and mental health benefits of singing are becoming widely known. Fitting music around families and a job can be hard – but excitingly, some forward-looking businesses [...] more >>

by William Cole | October 31st, 2017
Tangentenflügel Mozart’s favorite keyboard instrument (for a while)

Today I accidentally stumbled over another rarity from the vault of unusual and singular instruments! The instrument in question—variously called “Tangent piano” in English, “Tangentenflügel” in German, “cembalo angelico” in Italian, and “clavecin harmonieux et celeste” in French—sounds like a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 29th, 2017
ZANTA Pianoforti: Play with Design

For over twenty years, Silvano Zanta worked in the laboratories of major piano manufacturers such as Steinway & Sons, Yamaha and Bösendorfer. In 1979 he decided to become independent and founded ZANTA Pianoforti. His small company specialized in the restoration [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 16th, 2017
Vertical Theatricality

The alpine “Julier Pass” also known as the “Pass dal Güglia” and “Passo del Giulia” is a mountain pass in Switzerland. It connects the Engadin valley with the province of Graubünden, and provides the watershed between the basins of the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 4th, 2017
Music and Madness

Some of the most celebrated scenes depicting madness of the mind can be found in nineteenth century opera. For example, Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s depiction of psychosis in Anna Bolena and Lucia di Lammermoor are still considered to be some [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | August 28th, 2017