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Bridge over centuries – Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

December 26, 2013

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For all the people who daydreamed about traveling back in time the Symphonic metamorphosis would provide one of the best time machines one could get, functioning as a wormhole bridging time and space between ancient China, baroque and romantic Europe, and modern America. In parallel with radical innovations, the twentieth century had seen an increased […]

The Armed Man – a renaissance and a contemporary mass

December 26, 2013

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In European countries we denominate the art and sciences of the 14th – 17th centuries as ‘Renaissance’, but there is no clear demarcation between the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Modern Era. Renaissance emerges as a distinct entity due to its increase in focus on understanding the workings of the universe and a more […]

Humanism and Renaissance Music

December 8, 2013

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The word “humanism” first brings in my mind my favourite science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut, both having been presidents of the American Humanist Association. With a bit of research one can find other radical thinkers such as Petrarch, Niccolò Machiavelli August Comte, Julian Huxley and many others. Humanism in the Renaissance went […]