Flipping Haydn: The Complete Album

By Alisdair Kitchen | 'I was cut off from the world...so I was forced to become original' - Joseph Haydn Enjoy flipping through my latest experiment in album presentation! There are four Haydn works here, together with various interesting articles from around the web sent in by listeners following the project. 

Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert?

<b>A much-touted theory suggests that practising any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert. No innate talent? Not a problem. You just practice. But is it true?</b><p>One man who decided to test it is Dan McLaughlin, 34, a former commercial photographer from Portland, Oregon.<p>"The idea …

Wigmore Hall – London’s “sacred shoebox”

Opened in 1901, Wigmore Hall, nestling unobtrusively just a stone’s throw from the bustle and litter of Oxford Street in a row of tall Edwardian …

SuiteLinks: March 1 – Piano▪︎Addict

In this SuiteLinks: Hear the Van Cliburn memorial concert, Oppens at 70, On the uses of piano benches, Cliburn memorial replay, Meet Blind Boone, and …

London's Best Classical Music Shops

London has an embattled but resilient army of record shops bravely resisting the onslaught of the internet. Here we highlight the finest of those …

Someone made machines that play music with pint glasses

Forget skimming the edge of your pint glass to make music -- how about some <i>real</i> alcohol-inspired instruments? Inventor Andy Cavatorta has built the Chalice Symphony, a quartet of devices that use Stella Artois' signature drinking glasses to produce some decidedly uncommon sounds. Each of the …

The Strange Story of Haydn's Missing Skull - In Mozart's Footsteps - Uncommon Musical Travel

In 1820, Prince Esterhazy ordered that Haydn’s remains be transferred from Vienna to Eisenstadt. One of the biggest surprises in all of music must …

Paul Dukas Prelude Elegiaque sur le nom de Haydn

Haydn: Sonata In B Minor, Hob. XVI:32

Haydn: Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

25 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Needs To Watch Right Now

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces" and "Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead," never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming …

Greenwich Village

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Beauty and the geek

GREAT works of art such as Turner’s paintings, Mozart’s concertos or Rodin’s sculptures delight many. Others get their kicks elsewhere. According to …

Economics

Haydn Society of Great Britain | Haydn and Women

I’m really looking forward to taking <i>Haydn’s London Ladies</i> to the English Haydn Festival later this year. I’m especially looking forward to performing …

Classical music alive and well in Russia

By CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Contributing writer<p>On a recent journey, I discovered the main river coursing through Russia. It wasn't the Volga, the Neva or …

Groupmuse wants to expand your mind — and your social circle — through classical music parties

There is clapping between movements, as well as whistling, shouting, and even cat-calling.<p>It probably helps that the alcohol started flowing an hour …

How To Cope With Your Stage Fright

A recent study from Harvard Business School of 400 participants found that if you tell yourself to get excited when about to do something stressful, like give a speech, you do better than when you try to calm yourself down.<p>At least, that’s the way the study was discussed in the press – as a …

Emotions

Alice Herz-Sommer obituary

Concert pianist who, with her son, survived two years in Terezín concentration camp<p>Alice Herz-Sommer, who has died aged 110, was a concert pianist of distinction whose career was blighted by nazism. In 1943 she was imprisoned in the Terezín concentration camp, near Prague, with her six-year-old …

Nazi Concentration Camps

Musician Zoe Keating reveals iTunes, Spotify and YouTube payouts for 2013

Cellist’s latest publicly-shared numbers reveal 92% of her income still comes from sales rather than streams<p>Want to know how much a musician really makes from digital services like iTunes, Spotify and YouTube? Zoë Keating is one of the more reliable sources.<p>The cellist, who self-releases her music …

Thom Yorke

anxiety

<b>Coping with Performance Anxiety</b> <b><br>By Frances Wilson</b><p>I have written before in an earlier article about the importance of performing, at whatever the level …

Where has the British classical music talent gone?

The Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Austin, Texas, is about to reach its grand finale. It was founded in 1983 by Menuhin himself, is held every …

Haydn: Variations In F Minor 'Un Piccolo Divertimento' Hob. XVII:6

Experience: I have a phobia of sound

'My body reacts in the same way as it would under attack – I am flooded with adrenaline. It is as if I were in the same room as a huge, fierce dog'<p>For the last 30 years, I have had violent physical reactions to certain noises. Everyday sounds, like someone chewing or a pen being clicked, make me …

Fountain Pens

Haydn

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Haydn: Variations in F minor 'Un Piccolo Divertimento' Hob. XVII:6