The Pointy End

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.


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?


The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero

I asked if he ever talked about it. Jason shook his head no. Did they find out anyway? "Always."

The New York Times

Steinway Finalizes Sale of West 57th Street Showroom

Steinway Musical Instruments announced on Friday that it has finalized the sale of Steinway Hall, its flagship showroom at 109 West 57th Street.


The myths, magic and mystique of a Stradivarius violin

True or false? The quality of a Stradivarius violin stems from its combination of wood and varnish, the secret of which has yet to be uncovered.

Financial Times

Unheard music to be broadcast for 24 hours in remote Scottish forest

If a 24-hour radio broadcast happens in a Scottish forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?


Japan Pill-harmonic claims Brahms cures constipation

Suffering from a broken heart? Looking to enhance your appetite? Next time, don't reach for the antibiotics, stop and take the Japanese Pill-Harmonic.


Street and Subway Performers Earning a Living

Just how much money can you make singing in the subway?
Thanks to generous tips and CD sales, some buskers can earn enough to support themselves.


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