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The Hammer Blow Of Fate!

The final movement of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is punctuated by three hammer blows. Alma Mahler quotes her husband as saying that these were three mighty blows of fate befallen by the hero, “the third of which fells him like a … Continue reading

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Rare Footage Of Shostakovich As Soloist In His Concerto For Piano, Trumpet And Strings

  Posted on August 19, 2014 by brendanball Here is some extremely rare film footage of Dmitri Shostakovich as the piano soloist in his own Concerto Opus 35 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Can anyone name the trumpet soloist? Yes … Continue reading

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I mean; how hard can it be?!

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White Cliff – ‘Say What You Want’ – Live Video Session

My eldest son Jonny plays guitar in a great band called White Cliff. All the band members are currently studying at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts or LIPA as it is known. This is the bands latest … Continue reading

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Amazing Lightning Strike Hits The Mersey…

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Beethoven and Mozart can boost pupils’ concentration!

This announcement will not come as anything particularly new to many, but provides yet more evidence to the benefits of including music as a very strong core subject in a child’s education. The research, by London University’s ‘Instutute For Education’, … Continue reading

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More On Developing Perfect/Absolute Pitch…

An interesting study published in NPR. I take issue with some of the findings and the suggested conclusions because I personally know quite a few professional, and amateur musicians, who have developed absolute/perfect pitch after the age of seven and, … Continue reading

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The Musician ‘Whitey’ Responds On Being Asked To Work For Free…

  What To Say If You’re Asked To Work For Free! Do You Work For Free? London Olympics Policy Not To Pay Professional Musicians!

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More Sound Advice To Maximising Your Training At Music College…

WRITTEN BY Michael D’Angelo Musician • Tech Geek • Lecturer in Jazz Studies at @UNCWilmington “BARELY BREATHING” BY BRETT WILLIAM DIETZ Advice to a College Music Student I started teaching at the University of North Carolina Wilmington right after finishing my … Continue reading

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