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The Pointy End

Is jazz good for babies?

When jazz musician Michael Janisch had his first child, he put the theories to the test with a specially recorded album.

The Guardian

Why We Like Sad Music

SADNESS is an emotion we usually try to avoid. So why do we choose to listen to sad music?

The New York Times

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach.

The Telegraph

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.


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.


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

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