Music and Religion: Glory to God

According to the apostle Luke, when the angels announced the birth of Christ to the Shepherds, they sang a hymn beginning with the words “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Glory to God in the highest.) In time, additional verses were added [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 7th, 2013
Introduction to Eurhythmics

In my last article, I wrote about the importance of listening and how it contributes significantly to one’s musical education and development. I would now like to introduce another educational approach known as Eurhythmics, which incorporates listening as well as [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | July 12th, 2013
Music and Religion: Lord have Mercy!

The Roman Liturgy consists of texts and rites that make up a sacred service. One form of service, inherited from ancient Jewish practices, developed into the liturgy of the Divine Office, also known as the Canonical Hours. The Divine Office [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 8th, 2013
The Importance of Listening

Can one cook an authentic Chinese meal without ever having had a taste of the cuisine? It would be safe to say that the above would prove extremely tricky. As with most other things in life, it is hard to [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | June 13th, 2013
Music and Religion: The Catholic Retaliation

The Counter-Reformation, also known as the Catholic Revival or Catholic Reformation, began with the Council of Trent in 1545 and ended at the close of the Thirty Year’s War in 1648. A direct response to the Protestant Reformation, it sought [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 5th, 2013
Music and Religion: Long Live the Queen!

If you were hoping to read an article on a particular female monarch, I must disappoint you, because the title refers to the pipe organ, famously called the “Queen of Instruments” by the French composer and writer Guillaume de Machaut. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 14th, 2013
The best, not the biggest

When I open the newspaper looking for evening performances these days, all I see are operas. Following the announcement of a strategic partnership between the Oriental Art Centre and the Italian Bellini Theatre, the OAC further announced on 16th January [...] more >>

by Zoey | April 29th, 2013
Music and Religion: Reformation in Germany

The leader of the German Reformation, Martin Luther (1483-1546), never intended to establish a Protestant church movement completely separate from Rome, but his initial struggles with the Catholic Church centered on the notion of God as an angry judge who [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 3rd, 2013