The Pointy End

Teatro Real Names New Artistic Director; Mortier to Step Down Immediately

The opera house Teatro Real put an end on Wednesday to an unusually public and tense leadership dispute by replacing Gerard Mortier as its artistic director with Joan Matabosch.

The New York Times

Is New Age thinking good or bad for musicians?

"The German novelist Hermann Hesse wrote, 'When a man tries, with the gifts bestowed on him by nature, to fulfill himself, he is doing the highest thing he can do, the only thing that has any meaning.'

The Telegraph

Does music in the workplace help or hinder?

Police in England and Wales paid £660,952 for licences so staff could listen to music in offices in the past year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

BBC

Study find music fans favour homegrown tunes

In spite of globalisation, imported music tends to come from countries that are geographically close and share a language.

The Guardian

Stradivarius Hometown in Italy gets Violin Museum

The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.

WQXR

A quiet word about classical concert etiquette

Who says classical music must be enjoyed in silence? Despite a summer of mobiles, coughs and even a misfiring hearing aid, our writer refuses to join the tutters.

The Guardian

Young adults reminisce about music from before their time

New research suggests that young adults today are fond of and have an emotional connection to the music that was popular for their parents' generation.

Medical Express

10 reasons it's OK to use your mobile at a gig

From angry musicians to disgruntled audiences, opposition to fans using phones at gigs is rising. Here are 10 justifications.

The Guardian

The Salzburg Effect

You know of the Mozart Effect, the discredited notion that playing the music of Salzburg's favorite son for babies can promote better brain development.

WQXR


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