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20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

Nowadays, even if you have the right environment for studying, notifications from our phones and computers go off every minute. Ideally, you need a steady stream of sound that isn’t distracting, but also more intellectually stimulating than white noise or flowing water.

WQXR

Why Do We Use Italian Words to Describe Music?

Even if you don’t know how to read music, there’s no doubt you’ve encountered loads of Italian during your musical experiences.

WQXR

Hitting a long note: one of world's largest pianos finds a grand stage

One of the world’s longest pianos has found a new home in the deep south of New Zealand after the fire brigade were called on to help shift the behemoth into place.

The Guardian

Career in music is damaging to mental health, new study finds

Musicians are three times more likely to experience depression, with many working under ‘poor conditions’, a new academic study from Help Musicians UK has found.

M Magazine

Turning Irregular Heartbeats Into Music

A set of piano pieces could help doctors better understand heart rhythm disorders.

Smithsonian

Bowie, Bach and Bebop: How music powered Basquiat

He sold his first painting to Debbie Harry and titled works after bebop greats; his band was hailed by David Byrne and his art by David Bowie. For Basquiat, music was a crucial part of the canvas

The Independent

What Happened to the Negative Music Review?

If you rely on reviews to decide what books to buy, movies to watch or restaurants to visit, you may have noticed something strange when it comes to pop music: Negative reviews have become extremely rare.

Wall Street Journal

The songs they sent to space

In 1977 NASA chose music to from across our globe and launched it to infinity. 40 years later, Late Junction wants to know what songs you would send to space today?

BBC

The source of Mozart’s inspiration - a great musical whodunnit

The composer was devoted to his pet starling. But did its singing really contribute to the Piano Concerto in G major?

The Spectator


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