The Pointy End

New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’

In international surveys, people consistently rank music as one of life’s supreme sources of pleasure and emotional power. We marry to music, graduate to music, mourn to music.

The New York Times

Top Five Most Potent Love Spells in Opera

Looking for magic in a relationship isn’t merely a figure of speech. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we searched the opera repertoire for the five most potent love potions and spells.


Gershwin on Jazz and Rhapsody in Blue

The first jazz recording was made in 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band playing “Livery Stable Blues” as you can hear here.


6 incredible TED talks about classical music

Sit back and let music's most eloquent voices guide you through the glories and mysteries of the classical world.

Classic FM

Que pensent les artistes des applaudissements en concert ?

Si le public est maître de ses applaudissements, les artistes ont aussi leur avis sur la question. Les applaudissements entre les mouvements gênent-ils vraiment les musiciens, chefs d’orchestre ou chanteurs ?

France Musique

Sound of your own voice may help you understand your emotions

Like the sound of your own voice? You may be more emotionally in tune than the rest of us. This is the upshot of a study that suggests people use their voice to help them understand their own emotions.

New Scientist

Ultimate Classical Mashup

Imagine if Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and 29 other legendary composers came together to create one work of ultimate genius?

Classic FM

In Praise of Blue Notes: What Makes Music Sad?

The idea of sadness connects the music of Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Holiday, the English folk singer Nick Drake, the metal band Slayer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The New York Times

Shared Knowledge of Songs Bonds Children

Evidence suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.

Pacific Standard

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