Fugue…on themes by Michael Jackson?

Fugue…on themes by Michael Jackson?

Everybody loves a good fugue. Well okay, maybe not everybody, but at the very least a fugue is a dazzling display of intertwining lines, harmonious counterpoint, and melodic invention. Which is why it’s so interesting to hear familiar melodies from the King of...
Elephants love piano and cows love brass

Elephants love piano and cows love brass

On the banks of the River Kwai in Northern Thailand live a small group of old injured and distressed elephants in a sanctuary called ElephantsWorld. English pianist Paul Barton treats the elephants, many of whom are blind, to classical piano performances, and they...
The flying fingers of Heifetz in slow motion

The flying fingers of Heifetz in slow motion

Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz has been considered by some to be the greatest violinist of all time. Fritz Kreisler, another legendary violinist of the time, said about Heifetz, “we might as well take our fiddles and break them across our...
Lancaster’s (not so) musical road

Lancaster’s (not so) musical road

A novel attraction in the California desert is the “musical road” – a stretch of highway with special bumps that make a melody when they rattle your car. A less than musical melody. Tom Scott explains below: Let’s hope Rossini doesn’t...