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Taking turns

Like those used on Christmas trees, ornaments in music make melodies more attractive, injecting a bit of zip and sparkle into an otherwise mundane note. Some of them carry technical names that students struggle to remember but, on paper, a … Read More →


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Taking a toll. Mid-festival at the BBC Proms.

Next week the BBC Promenade Concerts arrive at their mid-festival point. A number of programmes for the concerts being held during 15-21 August are assembled around themes; unsurprisingly, the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war is marked … Read More →


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The tingle factor

Have you ever had that experience – listening to a piece of music, when all of a sudden something uber-beautiful happens and your brain tingles, your scalp takes on a life of its own and you feel waves of electricity … Read More →


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Scoring ten

Most people know about the curse of the ninth, but if you don’t, here’s a quick explanation. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Choral (8.550181) laid down a few benchmarks. Its influence was felt most recently, perhaps, during the dawn of the age … Read More →


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1 out of 8: the BBC Proms opening week

Next Friday, 18 July sees the opening concert of the celebrated BBC Promenade Concerts, the world’s largest music festival. Planning the programmes for the daily schedule of concerts during the 8-week jamboree must be a headache. There will always be … Read More →