“Many scientists have speculated that Beethoven had an arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm), and some of his music is evidence of that. It seems that certain parts of the opening of the Piano Sonata in E-flat major (Opus 81a) were “transpositions” of irregular heart rhythms.”
For the full story, please see Newsweek.
“The fourth release of material in the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives — the multiyear initiative to digitize the Orchestra’s extensive archives, funded by the Leon Levy Foundation — has been completed, with all existing Philharmonic printed programs, from the first concert in 1842 to the present, now available online, and current printed programs being added every concert week.”
For the full story, please see Library Journal.
A ‘revolutionary’ piano, created by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi, promises ‘sound beyond time’. What does that even mean? Read more at The Guardian.
To many classical music lovers, “crossover” is a dirty word. And who can blame them? The holiday season is especially rich in ill-advised CD releases by opera stars belting out operetta arias or crooning Christmas jingles in arrangements that do no favors to either the singers or the songs. For the full story, please see the New York Times.
The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes? Tabea Zimmermann defends her instrument.
Read the complete story at the Guardian.
The Harry Partch Instrument Collection takes up residency at the University of Washington School of Music. Read more here.
Check out the Bizet Catalogue!
Compiled by Hugh Macdonald and managed by the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University, St Louis.
“This is primarily a list of Bizet’s works, providing essential information about the history and content of each one. It gives information on manuscript and printed sources, on documentary materials relating to the composition, performance and publication of each work, and is intended to provide a full historical documentation of Bizet’s work as composer and transcriber.”
“It was going pretty well until they all started gagging and crying.”
For the full story, please see Buzz Feed.
The Carl Nielsen Works Catalogue; an online thematic catalog of Nielsen’s works complete with details of original manuscript sources, performance history, and primary texts; has just been published http://www.kb.dk/dcm/cnw.html.
The catalog is the result of a multi-year project by the Danish Centre for Music Publication which is based at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. The library holds the majority of Nielsen’s surviving manuscripts.
Check out this freely available biographical resource of violin and bow makers (14,000 and counting). Most of the information is based from The Brompton’s Book of Violin and Bow Makers by John Dilworth.