Hong Kong, Moscow, Taiwan … The End of Days

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

Tear gas fired at Hong Kong protesters close to Beijing’s office

By Elaine YU, Jerome TAYLOR | AFP

Police fired tear gas Sunday at protesters who marched through Hong Kong despite an official ban (AFP Photo/Anthony WALLACE)

Hong Kong (AFP) – Riot police fired multiple volleys of tear gas Sunday to disperse pro-democracy protesters close to Beijing’s office in Hong Kong, plunging the financial hub deeper into crisis.… Read more

How and why classical musicians feel rhythm differently

Rhythm is treated very differently in classical music from the sharp precision that other musics might require – it’s organic and fluid. Recognizing this difference and being sensitive to the nature of rhythm itself in different contexts is important if you’re trying to bridge gaps between different styles of musicianship.… Read more

How Fast did Mozart and Beethoven Really Play?

Fasten your seat belts. Beethoven, Czerny, Moscheles, Chopin,… the 17th/18th c. French composers and academics, left us thousands exact indications of the exact tempi they had in mind for their music. It is almost like we have a CD recording of Beethoven… And yet, today, almost nobody takes that information serious.… Read more