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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
 
Music and Religion: Ave Maria: Hail Mary

Perhaps the most popular of all Marian Prayers, the “Ave Maria” (Hail Mary) originated in the gospel of Luke. Historically, the text is divided into three parts and opens with a salutation of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 4th, 2014
 
The Keys to Success: Burkat Shudi and John Broadwood

When the 16-year-old Swiss craftsman Burkat Shudi made his way to London in 1718, he could scarcely have imagined that he would play a pivotal role in the development of the modern piano. Initially, Shudi established a company that produced [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 27th, 2013
 
Top Five Tracks to welcome the New Year

In one form or another — regardless of culture, nationality or creed — New Year’s celebrations have several elements in common. Among the most popular are dancing, singing, drinking, a sense of spiritual renewal and, of course, fireworks! To celebrate [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 21st, 2013
 
Music and Religion: Agnus Dei: Grant us Peace

In the late 7th century, a chant associated with the breaking of the community bread was added to the Ordinary of the Roman Mass. The name of this new chant “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God) originates in the Gospel of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 4th, 2013
 
Music and Religion: Silence the Organ! Benedictus

The Second Vatican Council, colloquially known as “Vatican II” and held in the early 1960’s, sought to address the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and a society living in a modern and industrialized world. Bishops around the world had [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 2nd, 2013
 
Is This How They Turn Out?

Perhaps you didn’t realize that if your child or student listens to classical music then they might exhibit some of those character traits! Teachers especially like #13 – The Cage Effect! Does your student exhibit these characteristics?

by Janet Horvath | October 23rd, 2013