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Musician playing a small gourd.

This Gourd Is An Instrument Of Love – Find Out Why

Ah, June. Wedding season for so many, when even musical instruments can declare their loving intentions. ‘D’amore’: Italian, meaning ‘of love.’ And what does ‘love’ mean? Sympathetic vibrations, a soft, comforting voice, a whisper into the mysterious dark of the ancient, natural world. Welcome to the instruments d’amore: viola, oboe, and…yerbomatófono? Continue Reading This Gourd Is An Instrument Of Love – Find Out Why

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Rachmaninoff at the Piano

Depression And The Composer: Rachmaninoff’s Story

Franz Liszt once said, “Mournful and grand is the destiny of an artist.” Was he referring to the seemingly large proportion of artists that suffer from some sort of mental disorder? Sergei Rachmaninoff was one. He dealt with depression throughout his life, but not only did he mostly overcome it, his management of it fueled his composing. Continue Reading Depression And The Composer: Rachmaninoff’s Story

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