The Pointy End

Did Bach’s wife write his finest works?

Forensic analysis of some of Johann Sebastian Bach's best-loved works proves they were actually written by his wife, an academic has claimed.

The Telegraph

Five reasons why you should sing

Are you afraid to sing at a family gathering or in the privacy of your bedroom because you feel it won't be music to people's ears? Don't sweat it. Bring out the Madonna in you.

The Express Tribune

10 things that we should change in classical music concerts

1. The audience should feel free to applaud between movements

Baldur Brönnimann

Cuba violinmakers battle instrument shortage

Cuba's dozens of free music schools turn out thousands of skilled young musicians each year, many of whom play imported instruments that can only be repaired and maintained with hard-to-find materials from abroad.

Yahoo News

Classical concerts are great. Stop apologizing for them.

An answer to Brönnimann's article on classical concerts: why he gets it wrong on nearly every count, demonstrating some of the most common ways classical presenters shoot themselves in the foot.

Aaron Gervais

Children 'scared to sing' for fear of X Factor-style ridicule

Dominic Peckham says The X Factor is responsible for turning pupils off singing lessons, saying they now "expect to be ridiculed" when appearing before adults.

The Telegraph

Migrating Maestros: Why Are So Many European Conductors Quitting?

The loud grinding of gears we are hearing in Italy and Vienna is not unique to those places. They are warning sounds we will hear all over Planet Opera.


Les compositeurs sont des gens comme les autres

Aaron Copland en train de jardiner, Scriabine ou Debussy en piquenique, Schoenberg jouant au tennis... Un tumblr recense les photographies de compositeurs en train de faire des choses normales.

France Musique

Hungarian scholar stumbles on original score of Mozart sonata

Flipping through a dusty folder of unidentified music scores in Budapest's national library, Hungarian scholar Balazs Mikusi's heart skipped a beat when he came across four pages of the score of a famous Mozart sonata.


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