The Pointy End

Japanese study explores why we like listening to sad music

This maybe one of those quintessentially existential questions any person, regardless of culture, would ask – "why do we enjoy listening to sad music?"

Japan Daily Press

On excellence and paint-by-number opera

"Excellent," these days, may be measured according to popular wisdom - a poor benchmark for something that is by definition rare and unique.

The Washington Post

Choir singers 'synchronise their heartbeats'

Choir singers not only harmonise their voices, they also synchronise their heartbeats, a study suggests.

BBC

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

MUSIC is not tangible. You can't eat it, drink it or mate with it. It doesn't protect against the rain, wind or cold. It doesn't vanquish predators or mend broken bones.

The New York Times

What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?

Practice and our genes are not the only factors when it comes to developing special abilities.

The Guardian

Why Piano Competitions Will Never Yield a Superstar

Boris Giltburg, an Israeli pianist who won Belgium's Queen Elisabeth Music Competition last month, has mixed feelings about his victory.

The Wall Street Journal

Histories of ‘God Bless America’ and ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’

On the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, amid the trauma of that horrible day, members of Congress began singing "God Bless America" on the Capitol steps.

The Washington Post

Czech Orchestra Brings Romance to Shopping Mal

We know what you're thinking. Orchestra flash mobs are a bit stale. They've become vehicles for not-so-subtle corporate promotions and staged reaction shots. Hold that jaded response.

WQXR

In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony?

NPR


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