How To Classical
If You Like Bach, Then You May Also Like…
New Muses Project helps you discover composers outside of the standard classical canon. Nov 2, 2022
What’s That Quirky, Spooky Music I Always Hear In Movies?
Edvard Grieg, the composer behind “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” had no idea his two-minute ditty would become an on-screen sensation. Oct 28, 2022
Why is ‘The Four Seasons’ Such a Pop Culture Powerhouse?
And how did we come to rediscover Vivaldi in the first place? Jan 24, 2019
How Did the Tritone Get Such a Devilish Reputation?
The tritone is a fascinating interval... but where did that "devil" business come from? Oct 26, 2018
Why Do We Hold onto the Idea That Classical Music Makes You Smarter?
The “Mozart effect” theory took hold in the mid-90s, and though it’s been debunked, it’s never really gone away. Oct 24, 2018
Every A+ Violin Needs an ‘F’: Why the Instrument Has Those Distinctive Sound Holes
Many string instruments have those distinctive f-holes, but how did they get that shape, and are they even necessary? Aug 7, 2018
How "Nessun Dorma" Became a Pop Culture Hit
The BBC’s usage of the Turandot aria during the 1990 World Cup took it from the opera house to musical mainstay. Jun 26, 2018
What’s Up With All Those Ricola Cough Drops At Carnegie Hall?
Outside Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall has boxes filled with loads of Ricola cough drops. Why are they there? Jun 6, 2018
Why Is the Viola the Butt of So Many Jokes?
Musician or not, you've probably heard a viola diss. But why is this particular instrument always on the receiving end of these jokes? May 24, 2018
The Trombone's Wild Path to the Orchestra
Trombones, in some form or another, have been around for centuries. But they're a relatively recent addition to the standard orchestra. May 1, 2018