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Credo: Vision that inspired a modern classic
Credo: Vision that inspired a modern classic
The road to Pretoria is lined with landmarks. There are old things one would rather forget, or ignore, and new things that give one a sense of...
[Video]My left hand: Pursuing a musical dream
[Video]My left hand: Pursuing a musical dream
Nicholas McCarthy pursued a career in classical piano at the age of 14 and made it to world class fame in just nine years -- with only one hand.
Bongani Ndodana-Breen: Finding hope in dark times
Bongani Ndodana-Breen: Finding hope in dark times
Bongani Ndodana-Breen has left his home in Cape Town for Johannesburg, where he will function as the composer in residence for the fifth Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, which begins on January 27....
A positive attitude rubs off on pupils
A positive attitude rubs off on pupils
Kelebogile Boikanyo (24) is the proud recipient of the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2012 in music. She burst on to the opera music scene...
Newly bequeathed letter shows Beethoven's misery
Newly bequeathed letter shows Beethoven's misery
A rare handwritten letter by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven complaining about illness and a lack of money has turned up at a northern German...
How many notes would a virtuoso violinist pay for a Stradivarius?
How many notes would a virtuoso violinist pay for a Stradivarius?
They are deemed to be among the most exquisite musical instruments ever made, and collectors have parted with millions just to have one to call...
Performing and politics
Performing and politics
'I have always believed," says pianist and composer Michael Blake, "that composing (and performing) is a political act in the broadest sense. I...
Intersection on the agenda
Intersection on the agenda
"The orchestra is a kind of museum," says Paul Hanmer, "but it could be so much more -- especially since we aren't living in Vienna or Berlin."...
Koras and chorales
Koras and chorales
'These are like sketches. They're fully formed pieces, but they are like my workshop," says composer Michael Blake of the piano music on his new...
Web can be the ticket to exclusive music festival
Web can be the ticket to exclusive music festival
This year, the prestigious Bayreuth Festival in Germany, the world's oldest and most famous summer music festival, is finally set to enter the 21st...
Taking Bach to the masses
Taking Bach to the masses
Angela Hewitt explains why she took on the challenge of performing all 48 preludes and fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier in 25...
Isak Roux's musical homecoming
Isak Roux's musical homecoming
Just as the wayward prodigal son returned home to his loving and understanding father, maybe it is time for the distinctly American music genres of...

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