A commemoration of the Book of Esther, Purim celebrations are best known today for their gift-giving and wild costume parties.
What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!
When we think of music in Vienna, names such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Schoenberg might come to mind.
This week on Harmonia, we explore what Playford describes as an honorable and courageous instrument: the oboe.
Wind bands have been tickling our ears for centuries, in war, on the athletic field, and in the concert hall.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” But, what does one listen to when in Rome?
Prodigies inspire and amaze us. Often, they accomplish things in their teenage years that most of us cannot hope to achieve in a lifetime.
As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
“I was never less alone than when by myself,” wrote English historian Edward Gibbon.
Dulcian is one of many names used to describe the one-piece ancestor of the modern bassoon.