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Classical Notes: August 18, 2009 Archive

Mozart's Death: Strep Throat?

Posted at 8:51 AM on August 18, 2009 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media, Musician stories

There has been plenty of speculation about what caused the premature death of Mozart a month short of his 36th birthday in 1791. Watch the 1984 movie Amadeus and you may come away thinking Mozart was poisoned by Antonio Salieri. Personally, I never bought into that. The latest theory? Perhaps it was a bad case of strep throat that ended Mozart's life. Thanks to Performance Today's Suzanne Schaffer for the heads up.

Understanding Tone-Deafness

Posted at 8:37 PM on August 18, 2009 by Gillian Martin
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media

If a person can't carry a tune, it's not the ears that are at fault, but the brain--or so a new study suggests.

Read a layman's version of the results here, or a more sophisticated version here.