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  • So here’s the famous riddle: Which came first, the chicken... or the violin? Or the piano? Or the valved horn? By the mid-to-late-1500s the members of the…
  • So here’s the famous riddle: Which came first, the chicken... or the violin? Or the piano? Or the valved horn? By the mid-to-late-1500s the members of the…
  • Franz von Suppé could be the poster child for composers who were extremely prolific and very famous in their own time, but who, if they’re now remembered…
  • Franz von Suppé could be the poster child for composers who were extremely prolific and very famous in their own time, but who, if they’re now remembered…
  • Fiddle is an older word than violin – there were instruments called fiddles long before violins. Violino, which is Italian for “violin,” is the diminutive…
  • 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.…