Math and music

Math and music

As I’ve mentioned in this post, I do believe that from the point of view of providing a 360 education, people from the middle ages were more advanced that we are. As a matter of fact, education was divided into two main segments: the trivium (grammar, rethoric,...
Give me back my right to boo! (and be booed…)

Give me back my right to boo! (and be booed…)

In 2011, I was for the first time in Bayreuth and had the good fortune to attend their new production of Meistersinger. The cast was superb, and so were the orchestra and the choir. However, what I particularly appreciated was the enormous effort of the director,...
On contemporary music

On contemporary music

Why is contemporary music so frightening to audiences and artists? Why do people have hesitations (to be polite…) in attending contemporary music concerts? It hasn’t always been like this. There was a time, up until the mid-twentieth century, when contemporary...
Twelve-tone technique and the failed revolution

Twelve-tone technique and the failed revolution

Many of our preconceptions about music are a legacy of the late eighteenth century: a period in which music, both in the courts and in the large urban centers, assumed a very specific aesthetic, a formal connotation more defined than ever. This is the period known as...

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