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Classical Connections: Merrie Melodies

Some years ago, when I was involved in the gentle art of music education, I once became intensely irritated on hearing a well-meaning but...

Classical Connections: American Express

Three hundred and fifty years after the Pilgrims settled in New England, I decided to make a trip there myself but not, you understand,...

Classical Connections: Fabulous Birds

A few nights ago, having nothing much better to do, I started to make a list of classical music inspired by birds.  Yes I...

Classical Connections: Relatively Speaking

Two friends of mine used to travel a lot together, especially in America.  Although they had no family connections, they just happened to share...

Classical Connections: Southern Comforts

The South has always seemed a better place to me, perhaps because I was brought up on a cold grey island in a damp...

Classical Connections: The Colour of Dawn

Among the many pages of musical history, 24th December 1951 was an important date because it marked the first performance of a new opera...

Classical Connections: Dancing the night away

Nobody knows when humans started dancing, but it must have been a very long time ago. It was probably a natural expression of joy...

Classical Connections: Ships that sail the seas

When I was a very small boy, living on a grey island far, far away, there was a framed print on my bedroom wall...

Classical Connections: The Scottish influence

I played Max Bruch’s first violin concerto when I was fourteen.  Not the solo violin part you understand, because I cannot play the violin....

Classical Connections: Give me five

Until yesterday, I always thought that a quintet was either a group of five musicians, or a piece of music written for them.  It...

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