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  • 2016 June 26: Is Progress Always Progress?

    June 26, 2016 10:30

    Before say 1750, published music was relatively rare and relatively expensive. Nor were there photocopy machines. Consequently, if you were a musician and you wanted a copy of the latest Top Ten Trio Sonatas, you generally had to copy them out by hand.(more )

  • 2016 June 19: Father Mozart

    June 19, 2016 10:30

    Wolfgang Mozart married Constanze Weber (1762–1842) when he was 28 — she was 22 — and together they had six children, only two of whom survived the couple. (more )

  • 2016 June 5: Tacet

    June 05, 2016 10:30

    This week’s Music Box is ‘tacet’ because it’s ‘Youth Sunday’. ‘Tacet’ is Latin for ‘is silent’, and it’s the music term for ‘don’t play’. In a set of orchestral parts, for example, if the 3rd bassoon doesn’t play, there will be a printed part that says ‘3rd bassoon: tacet’. You’d think this is odd – if they don’t play then why don’t they simply not get a printed part? But in the chaos of rehearsals and distributing sheet music, if the 3rd bassoon doesn’t get a part she can wonder, “Do I simply not play, or did my part get lost?” (more )

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