What If J.S. Bach had a Facebook Profile?

JS Bach's Facebook Profile
JS Bach’s Facebook Profile

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Dudamel Signs 7 Year Deal with LA Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel will be headlining at Walt Disney Concert Hall for at least seven more years, through the 2021-22 season. The charismatic maestro with the wild locks and exuberant baton extended his contract with the L.A. Philharmonic…

This is particularly interesting because a headline like this is usually reserved for athletes or maybe even a famous actor.  However a conductor being celebrated with a great deal only helps the world of classical music!

via LA Times

Listening To Classical Music Enhances Gene Activity: An Update On The Mozart Effect

The results showed listening to classical music enhanced activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion (the feel good hormone), and “transport synaptic function, learning and memory.” … While classical music worked to regulate some genes, it “down-regulated” others associated with neurodegeneration — the process of neurons losing their structure or function — “suggesting the importance of familiarity and experience in mediating music-induced effects.”

via MedicalDaily

Music’s Best Multi-Taskers

“Respectable people do not write music or make love as a career.” — A. Borodin

The Guardian has compiled a list of composers that had interesting second careers.

  1. Alexander Borodin – chemist
  2. Philip Glass – cab driver and plumber
  3. Ethel Smyth – writer
  4. Ignacy Jan Paderewski – prime minister of Poland
  5. John Cage – visual artist
  6. Olivier Messiaen – ornithologist
  7. St Hildegard of Bingen – mystic and writer on science and medicine
  8. Iannis Xenakis – architect
  9. Lera Auerbach – writer and visual artist
  10. William Herschel – astronomer

via TheGuardian

10 Great Works of 20th Century According to Pierre Boulez

Composer and conductor, Pierre Boulez celebrates his 90th birthday today (March 26th) and also publishes his top ten great works of the 1900’s.  He list is just as opinionated and unapologetic as his music.

Brash, opinionated, animated, and often brutally honest, Boulez can seem like an intimidating figure. But he is also funny and charming and very, very smart.

Boulez: 10 Great Works of the 20th Century

  1. Edgard Varèse, Ameriques
  2. Alban Berg, Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
  3. Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
  4. Béla Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
  5. Anton Webern, Six Pieces for Orchestra
  6. Luciano Berio, Sinfonia
  7. Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gruppen
  8. Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 6
  9. Arnold Schönberg, Erwartung
  10. Pierre Boulez, Repons

via Soundcheck