Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) was more than a violin virtuoso; he was one of the best violinists of all time. By the time he was in his 20's, he was known throughout Europe. His command of the violin was so complete, in fact, that rumors quickly spread that such ability was not humanly possible and that... Continue Reading →
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is primarily known as a classical composer of Christian music. It was rare that he strayed from religious themes in his music, but when he did it was for a purpose. One such occasion was when he wrote "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" ("Be still, Stop Chattering"), a composition devoted to coffee... Continue Reading →
Musical instruments can be costly, and any band student who has had to lug a tuba or bell set on a school bus knows they can be unwieldy, too. The Sousaphone or cello is nothing, however, compared to the principal instruments in Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Helikopter-Streichquartett" -- four operational and flying helicopters. "Helikopter-Streichquartett" (German for "Helicopter String... Continue Reading →
Many of the most popular Christmas songs were Jewish songwriters: "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells "Let it Snow" by Sammy Cahn "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Irving Berlin “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” music by... Continue Reading →
On December 16, 1965, astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra were on Gemini 6 when they transmitted the following message: "Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south... Continue Reading →
"White Christmas", written by Irving Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby, is the best-selling single song of all time. With estimated sales in excess of 50 million for the original version and over 100 million sales for all versions, it has topped the charts since it was released in 1949 and has never been out... Continue Reading →
Matthew Buchinger (1674-1740) was known as "The Little Man of Nuremberg." Buchinger was born without hands, legs, or thighs and was less than 29 inches tall. Despite his disabilities, Buchinger led a very accomplished life. He could play a half-dozen musical instruments including the bagpipes, dulcimer, hautboy, trumpet, and flute, some of which he invented... Continue Reading →
The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s “Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)” started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640. The last time the note changed was October 2013; the next change isn’t due... Continue Reading →
“Michael Jackson’s album was called 'Bad' because there wasn’t enough room on the sleeve for 'Pathetic'.” -- Prince source
Music can boost your running performance by up to 15%, but only if you’re a particular kind of runner. If you tend to focus inward while running, music probably won’t help you much. If you look for stimulus from your environment, pump the tunes to get over the finish line more quickly. source
Alan Jay Lerner took two weeks to write the last line of "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" for the play My Fair Lady. The concluding words are, "Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverly."
At the beginning of the song "Roxanne" by The Police, during the intro, you can hear a strange piano chord, then Sting laughing. In fact, during the voice recording, Sting accidently sat on the piano just behind him. They decided to keep this on the final mix.
American car horns beep in the tone of F.
Luciano Pavarotti made 165 curtain calls after singing Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" in Berlin on February 24, 1988. The curtain calls and applause lasted for 80 minutes. source