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Musical roller coasters

Some musico-video relief from darker matters. First, from On an Overgrown Path: Here is the Zurich Chamber Orchestra putting the usual YouTube offerings to shame. The full screen version is even better. Zurich Chamber Orchestra : Roller Coasterby mikropikol Path also led me to nice piece on the Wall St. Journal on Anna-Sophie Mutter. To…

The wonders of YouTube. Couple of highly distinctive voices here. Wonderful stuff. Hat tip: kottke

From “Bye-bye blackboard … from Einstein and others,” an exhibit at the Museum of the HIstory of Science in Oxford. ‘I wrote the music on this blackboard while I was giving a lecture about Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Holywell Music Room on 22nd March this year, before performing them. I was trying to make…

Ian McEwan’s libretto

I like several of Ian McEwan’s novels and especially admired his novel Saturday, which, being among other things a riff on Virginia Woolf’s "Mrs. Dalloway," updated that novel’s m.o. by giving the stream of its narrator’s narrative a decidely neuroscientific tint. In another novel, Amsterdam, his protagonist is a somewhat pompous composer who, toward the…

Alex Ross, the New Yorker’s wonderful music critic, on the strange and amusing history of how the classical music concert assumed its present form — which, as he notes, often seems to constrain rather than unleash the music.

For Claudius Conrad, a 30-year-old surgeon who has played the piano seriously since he was 5, music and medicine are entwined — from the academic realm down to the level of the fine-fingered dexterity required at the piano bench and the operating table. C.J. Gunther for The New York Times IN TUNE Dr. Conrad, a…

A Chopin Nocturne… from Derek Bownds’ MindBlog by noreply@blogger.com (Deric) Bownds blogs on neuro matters — and, each week, posts a video of him playing a bit of classical music on his piano. Gotta like it. FDA To Mine Big Databases For Safety Problems from Pharmalot The effort, called Sentinel Initiative,will be the first time…