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06/10/2016 Cremona Musica: Record Edition with +10% visitors and half of the exhibitors from abroad

Cremona Musica International Exhibitions 2016 (Cremona Exhibition Center – Friday, September 30th – Sunday, October 2nd) registered a visitors attendance much higher than expected, thus showing a great improvement both at quantitative (+10% in comparison to 2015 with over 16,800 visitors) and at qualitative level (with the participation of several professional musicians). As a result, […]

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Is music a universal language?

“Music is an universal language”. This concept has been supported by musicians, scientists and ethnomusicologists. But are we really sure? The matter is very complex, but a new study by a team guided by Josh H. McDermott brings new light to some aspects of it. The study, published on Nature (No. 535, 28 July 2016) […]

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British Library online sound archive

The British Library’s complete sound archive includes more than 80.000 recordings, ranging from natural sounds to the classical, pop, rock and traditional music. The complete archive is now available online for free and is structured in nine sections: Accents & dialects, Arts, literature & performance, Classical music, Environment & nature, Popular music, Oral history, Sound recording history, World & traditional music, Sound maps. It is an unvaluable resource, both for scholars and for music listeners, available at the website: http://sounds.bl.uk. The classical […]

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A new virtual piano system.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan realized a new Interactive Projection Module (iNTERPLAY), integrating 3D depth sensing and gesture recognition technologies. Its 3D depth camera, combined with a high performance gesture recognition algorithm, enables iNTERPLAY to create a virtual piano system, combined with the image projection of the piano keyboard on any surface. The virtual […]

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Antonio Pappano’s suggestions to young musicians

The great conductor Antonio Pappano, music director of Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma, gave a video interview to Classic FM, with some very interesting suggestions to young musicians and aspiring conductors.“Don’t be satisfied with being a big fish in a small pond,” says Pappano: he suggests to work with people who are intellectually ant […]

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When Van Cliburn conquered Russia

American pianist Harvey Lavan Cliburn (1934 – 2013), better known simply as Van Cliburn, is a legend in the history of the piano. His name is today strongly tied to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place in Texas every four years (www.cliburn.org), but his fame is due to an historical event, happened […]