John K. – Madman or Genius? Or both?

When we were seven, we unknowingly listened to the likes of Beethoven, Rossini, Debussy, and even Raymond Scott on an almost daily basis, and we ate it all up. So much for kids not appreciating the classics – looks like all it took to spoon-feed a bit of “The Thieving Magpie” was to sugarcoat it […]

Benjamin Zander at TED

Required viewing: I cannot imagine a more captivating talk on music appreciation — he accomplishes so much in a very very short time period.

Haydn’s Head – Symphony No.1 in D Major

You know, the one that was severed by graverobbers trying to associate his cranial topology with intellectual capacity? The process of stealing the head was, apparently, not pleasant, since decomposition had set in and the smell was strong (Ed. note: @!!?!?!?!) However, Peter and Rosenbaum succeeded in cleaning the skull and duly carried out their […]

Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 “Eroica” Analyzed

Beethoven‘s Third Symphony, “Eroica” has quite the interesting story behind it, and is often cited as a landmark composition which separated the Classical era to the Romantic.  It expanded tremendously on the symphonic form, and was many times longer than a comparable symphony by Mozart or Haydn.  The excellent San Francisco Symphony — at Keeping […]