Poland holds 1st Chopin contest on historical instruments

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The world’s first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer’s era has opened in Warsaw, aiming to revive the sound and technique of the music as it was written in the 19th century. Thirty pianists from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia and across Europe will perform works by Chopin and other Polish composers ...

How a Bach Minuet got a Motown Makeover

Bach’s Minuet in G major from the Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach is famous enough today that you may have even had it as your cell phone ring tone. One of the most famous arrangements of this Minuet was recorded by the Toys, a girl group from Jamaica, New York, as “A Lover’s Concerto.” The song was a #1 single in the US and reached #5 on the UK Global charts.