The Frailty of a Genius: Frederic Chopin

For many years people believed that Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) had died from tuberculosis. Not only was he known for his chronic coughs, breathlessness and haemotypsis (coughing out blood), ‘tuberculosis’ was also cited as the cause of death on his death [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | June 27th, 2013
Souls Without Music

“A man that hath no music in himself, nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.” This is how Shakespeare described a soul without music. To most of us, music appreciation, like [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 6th, 2013
The Reversed Musicians

Left-handedness does not only affect one’s writing, it can also bring about problems when playing music. The truth is that most instruments are designed for right-handed people, making lefties seem disadvantaged in comparison. However, the elasticity of the human brain [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | April 10th, 2013
A Life Misunderstood

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) is widely regarded as cornerstone to Germany’s romantic era. Not only was he an accomplished composer, he also inaugurated and published for Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (the New Journal for Music), one of the [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | February 13th, 2013
The Lucky Agonies

Niccolo Paganini Niccolo Paganini (1782 –1840) was an Italian virtuoso violinist and composer who loved playing tricks during his performances. To impress his audience, he would sometimes tune one of his strings a semitone higher, and at other times he [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | October 23rd, 2012
Brass Buzz

Brass players are lucky to have some of the most gorgeous music written for them. One can’t help but think of Bruckner Symphonies, like the 9th Symphony with 8 horns, 4 of them doubling on Wagner Tubas, 3 trumpets and [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | September 26th, 2012
E=Mozart 2

The German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925 for his work in quantum mechanics, suggested “The space in which a person developed as an intellectual/spiritual being has more dimensions than the space [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 12th, 2012
Baby, your Shoulders!

It is estimated that shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries among the general public and the third most common complaint among instrumental musicians.A shoulder injury can happen to a young athletic person as well as an older [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 10th, 2012