Exoticism in Music

27 Oct 2015 04:02:33

Section (central medaillon) of a South Persian rug, probably Qashqai, late 19th century, showing irregular colours (abrash). Image Source: Wikipedia.With more and more former colonies gaining independence in the XX century, we began intensively thinking about the relationship of the “progressive West” and its Others. Or, to be more precise, different fields of knowledge became interested in the way in which knowledge is produced and how power in...

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Itzhak Perlman Celebrates 70

31 Aug 2015 07:22:00

Itzhak Perlman  On August 31st, the world of classical music celebrated the birthday of Itzhak Perlman, the world famous violinist. He was born in Tel Aviv in 1945, (then British Mandate of Palestine, now in Israel). His first interest in music came after listening to the radio with his parents at a really young a...

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Posted in Special Offers By Adriana Sabo

"Mon amy hits 4" by NSUD - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.What is Historically Informed Performance, or HIP as it is usually referred to? In short, it is the kind of performance that is envisioned with the idea that renaissance, baroque and music of the classical era should be performed “authentically” and in accordance to the performance practice of the t...

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Georges Seurat, 1889-90, Le Chahut, oil on canvas, 170 x 141 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum, OtterloThe period in French history that is often called années folles (crazy years, usually translated to English as Golden Twenties or Roaring Twenties), was a truly remarkable time. The twenties were a time of cabarets, uncontrolled parties, a time when those who survived the WWI and had enough money, ...

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On the Question of Perfect Pitch

13 May 2015 17:20:00

"Diapason - ministudio" by Clément Bucco-Lechat - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsIf you are a musician, sooner or later, someone is going to ask you “do you have perfect pitch?” Why is this so important and why is perfect pitch often considered to be something of a classical music status symbol, the proof that someone is a great musician?

Perfect pitch is usually defined as the a...

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When I was young, I was told: 'You'll see, when you're fifty.' I am fifty and I haven't seen a thing.

Erik Satie

 

Erik SatieSomewhere around the middle of the 20th century, Hans Richter, a famous neo-dada painter used the term “anti-art” in order to explain the work of the dadaists, an avant-guarde group that w...

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Posted in Music History By Adriana Sabo

Luigi Russolo, Carlo Carrà, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini in front of Le Figaro, Paris, February 9, 1912The first half of the XX century is considered to be one of the most turbulent in the recent history of the northern hemisphere. Rapid industrialization and urbanization, scientific innovations, two World Wars, economic crises, groundbreaking discoveries in all fields - all of this laid ground for t...

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Sketch of a human ear. Image Source: Wikipedia

One of the big questions that has been puzzling those dedicated to revealing connections between music and science, or, to be more precise, to scientists interested in music’s physiological impact on our bodies is are musicians more likely to go deaf?  Recently, there have been more studies publish...

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Posted By Adriana Sabo

Of Women and Classical Music

30 Mar 2015 07:06:50

Sketch of a human ear. Image Source: Wikipedia

This is one of the big questions, something of a hot topic, so to speak. The question of women in music is something that is being discussed more and more in the musical world, especially lately. The International Women’s Day (March 8th) is, for example, one of those dates that inevitably sparks the...

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Old Guitar Case. Image Source: Shutterstock

Traveling by plane with your instrument can be - as every musician knows - quite tricky to say the least. Unless you play a
piccolo, of course. But for those destined to drag around their violins, violas, guitars and similar instruments, boarding a plane can be real hell. Since 2012, the U.S. Congre...

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Posted By Adriana Sabo