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VIDEO | Bagpipes 101 with Dave Johnston

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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Did you know that bagpipes aren’t from Ireland or Scotland, but the Middle East? Discover more about this fascinating instrument with piper Dave Johnston.

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Opera’s Most Ghastly Ghouls, Ghosts, And Goblins

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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The opera house can be a scary place – and we’re not talking about all those crazy singers and their shenanigans backstage! Many operas contain ghastly ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and all kinds of crazy creatures. Here are some of the most frightening pieces from the history of opera. Much of the action of L’Orfeo, one of the first …

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This gorgeous piano nocturne by Chopin might be even better arranged for violin

By Galilee Abdullah |

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Chopin wrote his Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E-flat major between 1830 and 1832 and the piece was first published in 1833. The Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 is one of the most popular of Chopin’s 21 nocturnes as evidenced by the number of arrangements made for other instruments. Karol Lipiński made the first arrangement during Chopin’s lifetime for …

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Your Guide to Chopin’s Nocturnes

By Josh Davidoff |

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Chopin composed nocturnes throughout his career, including 18 published between 1832 and 1846 and 3 published posthumously. The first person to title instrumental works of this kind “nocturnes” was John Field. He published a collection of piano nocturnes in the early 19th century. In a eulogistic preface to an 1859 edition of John Field’s collected nocturnes, composer Franz Liszt poetically …