Phonies

Euphony, cacophony, monophony, homophony, polyphony, heterophony — musical sound has many guises. But let’s start with the basic building block: noise. Mostly it’s nasty: A sound of any kind, esp. a loud, harsh, or unpleasant one. (Oxford English Dictionary) Though it has had its good side, too: It ceas’d: yet still the sails made on A […]

A bad knight

When, early in 1847, the Schumanns returned home to Dresden from a concert tour, Robert found himself all fired up with the idea of writing an opera. He chose (surprise! surprise!) a romantic tale of crusades, knights and damsels in distress (with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure). The story centres on […]