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Classical Music

  • Fiddle is an older word than violin – there were instruments called fiddles long before violins. Violino, which is Italian for “violin,” is the diminutive…
  • One of the things I love most about the field of classical music is the way it brings together people from so many different countries. Throughout my…
  • I came across a collection of the letters of Arturo Toscanini recently, and in thē introduction the editor writes, “A whole psychology textbook could be…
  • Anybody who’s been around the music business for any length of time has met performers who are – how can I put this gently – legends in their own minds.…
  • The image of the starving artist may be a romantic one, but it turns out that poverty has not always been a necessary condition for writing great music.…
  • A Minute with Miles
    How the Piano Got Its Name
    I always enjoy telling the story of how the piano got its name. Piano means “soft,” in Italian, and it seems a little strange that an instrument that can…
  • A Minute with Miles
    Page Turners - Part 2
    Turning pages for pianists is a pretty thankless job—the page turner is usually only noticed when he or she messes up. But for pianists who depend on page…
  • Turning pages for pianists is a pretty thankless job—the page turner is usually only noticed when he or she messes up. But for pianists who depend on page…
  • Have you ever wondered why pianists need page turners? They’re not, after all, the only ones who use both hands to play their instruments. The answer is…
  • Have you ever wondered why pianists need page turners? They’re not, after all, the only ones who use both hands to play their instruments. The answer is…