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Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play.<p>"By the time I was 12, 13 years old I was on the road playing with Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and some of the great …

Is jazz good for babies?

I've been a musician since I was four. I've been lucky enough to play on five continents with some of the world's greatest jazz artists, as well as releasing three albums of my own. I'm a professor at both the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban in London, and run my own record label Whirlwind …

Symphony guide: Shostakovich's 15th

Roll up, roll up for a circus of musical meaning, a surreal carnival where nothing is quite as it seems, where strange musical machines and even a glittering musical toyshop become an existential journey into the beyond.<br>Welcome to the world of Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th, and final, …

Revealed: the violent, thuggish world of the young JS Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is arguably the greatest of all composers, with the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor among the most sublime masterpieces in classical music. But biographers over the past half century have "sanitised" his life, in the belief that only a saintly man could have written …

Music in the shadow of war

Intense times tend to breed intense art. It is hardly surprising that the experience of war should have resulted in some of the most traumatic visual images ever produced, but curiously, music composed during times of war has sometimes seemed to veer away from, rather than reflect, the trauma of …

31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

They say that the only permanent thing in the world is change. History books are one way to understand the passage of time, but there are also some …