Classical Music for Alien Civilizations

NASA launched the twin spacecraft Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the summer of 1977. The primary mission was the exploration of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, and since everything went splendidly well, included extended visits to Uranus, Neptune and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 21st, 2018
Music for the Eyes From the Music Catalogue of Breitkopf & Härtel

No other invention had a greater impact on how music found its way from the composer to the public than the printing of music. After Ottaviano Petrucci published the first edition of the famous Harmonice Musices Odhecaton A in Venice [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2018
Music and Technology Flying Machines

A 2014 report shows that 37.4 million commercial passenger flights had been scheduled in that year. That means that an average of 102,465 daily flights departed and landed in all corners of the globe. We have certainly come a long [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 9th, 2018
Chilling with Chopin in the Tokyo Metro

Trying to catch a train at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station during rush hours is not a pleasant task. As a main connecting hub for rail traffic throughout greater Tokyo, it handles an average of 3.64 million people per day! And that [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 30th, 2018
Full Steam Ahead Musical Train Journeys III

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) is rightfully credited with merging the music of his native Brazil with musical elements and stylistic features from a central-European classical tradition. Born in Rio de Janeiro but trained in the European Conservatory tradition, Villa-Lobos began to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 11th, 2018
Musical Migrations

The art of music is inexorably linked to the dimension of time. As such it fundamentally mirrors the sense of movement or journey that is an essential element of the human condition. Humankind has migrated to every corner of the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 8th, 2018
Full Steam Ahead Musical Train Journeys II

In his hometown of Copenhagen, Hans Christian Lumbye (1810-1874) was known as the “Strauss of the North.” It all started when he heard a Viennese orchestra play music by Johann Strauss I, Fire and flame, Lumbye appeared at the head [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 4th, 2018
Pop Goes the Orchestra

In the US, it’s known as ‘Pops Music’ (not to be confused with Pop Music). It’s music for the lighter side of classical, music that the entire audience can just sink back and listen to, and, on occasion, sing along [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 3rd, 2018