Music and Religion: Gratia plena: Full of Grace

Martin Luther famously praised Josquin de Prez (1450-1521) as “the master of notes. They have to do as he bids them; other composers have to do as the notes will.” During his service at several courts — notably the one [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 2nd, 2014
Classical Music Takes to the Slopes

It was announced on January 21st that violinist Vanessa Mae has qualified to represent Thailand at the Sochi Games, which begin in February and she has been confirmed by the world governing body as a contender. The life-long skier, competing [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 26th, 2014
Best Music for Kissing ?

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, all thoughts turn to love and associated gestures of affection. Maybe you will be treated to a nice romantic dinner, a bouquet of flowers, or delectable sweets. But with some degree of certainly, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 26th, 2014
Sheet Music Apps for Non-Dinosaurs!

I admit I’m a dinosaur. I come from the time when we did a lot of cut and pasting —and I don’t mean highlighting and punching command X and C. We used real paper, with scissors and tape to organize [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | January 26th, 2014
The Microsoft of Pianos Steinway & Sons

Horowitz plays the Stars and Stripes on a Steinway piano. It is hardly surprising that innovations in the field of instrument design frequently originated in small workshops run by dedicated artisans determined to realize a personal vision. Take for example [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 25th, 2014
Curtis Institute of Music

Our second destination in our world tour of the world’s great music colleges sees us stopping off in the USA, in the state of Philadelphia. The Curtis Institute of Music is renowned for its exceptional level of musical tuition, and [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | January 19th, 2014
Top 5 Tracks New Year’s Resolutions

Oscar Wilde sarcastically suggested, “Good resolutions are simply checks that people draw on a bank where they have no account.” Of course it might also be said that making resolutions is a cleansing ritual demanding personal honesty, and that breaking [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 11th, 2014
The Liszt Academy of Music

Based in Budapest, the Liszt Academy is one of the most renowned music colleges in Europe, and the world. Founded in 1875 by the composer-pianist himself, it has gone on to become a centre of musical excellence. I talked with [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | January 7th, 2014