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Classical Notes: August 15, 2006 Archive

Not always room for 'cello

Posted at 6:49 AM on August 15, 2006 by John Zech
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Recent terror threats against some airlines in the U.K. have made it even tougher for traveling musicians. String players have normally taken their delicate instruments and bows on board the plane to avoid potential damage in the cargo hold, but for their upcoming European tour (they leave Sunday!) the Minnesota Orchestra is going to be stowing their stuff in some special cases.

More details in a story from today's New York Times.

Takes a lickin'...

Posted at 8:12 AM on August 15, 2006 by John Birge
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...keeps on tickin'.
What better way to celebrate the birthday of Johann Maelzel, inventor of the metronome, than a chance to hear, and SEE, Gyorgy Ligeti's Poeme Symphonique for 100 metronomes.

And while I'm on the subject of music and machines, today is also the birthday of Leon Theremin, inventor of the early electronic instrument that bears his name. His life story is fascinating, and this documentary will just knock your socks off!