As we've re-opened the new Musical Heritage Society, we've introduced new and familiar elements from our sixty year history. Our recordings and our new and back issues of The Musical Heritage Review are now becoming available again after a long hiatus.

Now we're offering something slightly new - for us. Each Monday we're going to send out a newsletter that will bring you up to date on everything that's being offered, and we're adding links to select stories about classical music and jazz, as well as a bit of humor, which was always present in the heyday of The Musical Heritage Society Review.


And on the day of an eclipse and after feeling the earthquake mere miles from our HQ, let's get started!

Written by Valeriya Safronova 

Published on April 4, 2024

The New York Times featured a charming and inspiring story of a young woman (she's 28) who travelled from Korea to Chicago to Italy to become the world's foremost maker of violins and cellos.


This young woman's story is a journey of passion that led her to 2 foreign countries to perfect her'll also discover a new use for dried pasta (if you've got some items you want "antiqued").

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Written by S.I. Rosenberg 

Published on April 4, 2024

S.I. Rosenberg, in The Atlantic, puts forth that Beethoven, just recovered from severe illness, might have created a new code, and a new set of dynamics, when he returned from illness to finish String Quartet No. 15, and the "Heiliger Dankegesang" movement. A violinist has done the research and makes the claim...


From the article:


Kitchen would eventually identify 23 degrees of dynamics (and counting), from fff—thunderous—to ppp—a whisper... Jeremy Yudkin, Lockwood’s co-director at the Center for Beethoven Studies, also initially viewed Kitchen with skepticism. “When I first talked to him, I thought he was nuts,” Yudkin told me. But Kitchen’s close and careful research won him over. Yudkin now believes that Kitchen has discovered a previously unknown layer of meaning in Beethoven’s manuscripts: “There are gradations of expression, a vast spectrum of expression, that music scholars and performers ought to take into account,” he said.


This article remains behind a paywall here...but if you look in Reddit, you might find enough of a synopsis to develop your own thoughts.

And if you want a refresher on this great piece of music, the fine performance from The Yale Quartet, still on sale!

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