A town council in Lombardy, Italy, has employed a viola player to help combat drug abuse and dealers in the area.
Franz Liszt’s only opera was revived for the first time on Sunday evening (19 August). The composer began work on his one and only opera almost 170 years ago but he never completed it.
A 1759 violin worth an estimated $250,000 was stolen from a home in Massachusetts, and sold to a local pawnshop for $50.
Listening to Mozart could help prevent epileptic children from having seizures, according to new research by the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Following Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s hugely successful opening weekend at the box office, the soundtrack is set to take the no. 1 spot in the album charts this weekend.
Disaster was averted at the Royal Opera House on Friday when the leading lady’s husband – who was watching in the audience – stepped in when one of the cast had vocal problems.
Oliver Knussen was one of today’s most important composers and conductors. His work includes three symphonies, the instrumental piece Ophelia Dances and two hugely successful children’s operas – Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!
Only last week Knussen was given an honorary doctorate by the Royal Academy of Music, where he was also the Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music.
The theremin is a slightly odd instrument, which doesn’t even need to be touched to be played. Here’s how it works: the theremin player stands in front of the instrument, while moving their hands around its two metal antennae. One antenna controls the pitch, while the other determines the volume. Then, electric signals from the theremin are amplified and the sound is projected through a loudspeaker.
In the video, the Da ensemble play on what sound like theremins, but are actually matryomins. Matryomins are one-antenna theremins, which are then inserted into a Matryoshika figure, AKA a Russian doll.
A study published by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in January found that musicians who work in the two fields demonstrate substantially different brain activity, even when they’re playing the same music.
The research could help explain why musicians seem to excel in one or other style, and not usually in both.
The Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has shot to the top of the US iTunes pop chart with his album, Inspiration. Saturday’s wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex St George’s Chapel in Windsor was watched by millions around the world, and while all still recover from a weekend of celebrations, an extraordinary classical legacy has emerged.