Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 35

Answers to Musical IQ Test 34

1.  d.   All of the above
2.  a.   A French Organist and composer
3.  c.   Gustav Holst
4.  a.   Playing a piece of music for the first time
5.  b.   4/4 meter

Musical duo brings fun twist to classical music

By Elaine Quijano

(CBS News) Pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo and violinist Aleksey Igudesman are bringing Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven to a new generation. But they are not traditional performers. Their current show, "A Little Nightmare Music," can only be described as non-traditional.

At New York's legendary Carnegie Hall, a venue with a rich tradition of hosting classical performances, the two classically-trained modern music virtuosos mix the classical and contemporary.

Their YouTube channel has more than 28 million hits, and their fans now include musical greats like the piano man himself, Billy Joel, who joined them recently at Carnegie Hall.

Igudesman and Joo both fell in love with classical music as kids. And as adults, their show is aimed at making others fall in love with it, too.

Igudesman, when he spoke to CBS News at The Russian Tea Room, said that he knows people think classical music is stuffy. But he said, "The music itself is not stuffy at all. It's exciting. It's fun. Mozart is crazy. Mozart is fun."

But their onstage antics can't hide their undeniable musical talents and commitment to their craft. Igudesman plays an antique violin made in the 18th century.

Igudesman said, "We always say we don't make fun of the music we make fun with the music.

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 34

Answers to Musical IQ Test 33

1. c. A German Baroque composer famous for Canon in D Major
2. d. A famous Piano Concerto in b-flat minor
3. a. He married three times
4. b. A melodic movement of more than one step
5. a. Robert Schumann

Roll Over Beethoven: Classical Music For Dogs?!

A couple weeks ago, I was out walking my dog with a friend and her two dogs. One of her dogs is a sweetie, but the other is a real handful. As we discussed the behavior problems she was struggling to tame, she mentioned that she was using special music CDs for dogs. 

"For dogs?" I asked. 

"For dogs," she replied. "It's called 'Through a Dog's Ear.'" 

"What will they think of next?" I chuckled. 

"Don't laugh," my friend said, "One of their CD's is on the Billboard list of best-selling classical albums!" 

OK, that got my interest. I tracked them down on the Internet and contacted Lisa Spector, co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear to find out more about this classical canine music. 

BJG: I recall that old RCA logo of a black and white dog listening to the horn of a wind-up gramophone -- their slogan was "His Master's Voice." That's what comes to mind when I read the name of your company, Through a Dog's Ear. Tell me more about music and dogs.

LS: I'm a concert pianist and I used to own a music school. In 2003, I attended a seminar on psychoacoustics -- the study of how sound effects the human nervous system -= with sound researcher Joshua Leeds. After that, I started applying those principles to my piano students. I learned how to use music to charge -- or discharge -- their nervous systems. I found it was extremely effective in helping them calm and focus. 

About that time, I was also a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and I was raising a very high-energy puppy. I began to notice that when I played the slowed-down, simplified, re-arranged, classical music I used to relax my piano students, my rambunctious pup would be snoozing in no time. The music I had used with my students also worked on this dog!

I began to wonder if the psychoacoustic principles I learned from Joshua would also benefit dogs, so I approached him with the idea of collaborating on creating music recordings to calm canines and relieve anxiety issues. We then went into two years of clinical testing. The results inspired us to launch Through a Dog's Ear, which currently consists of a book and a music series for dogs.

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Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 33

Answers to Musical IQ Test 32

1. d. Sergei Rachmaninoff
2. a. A British Baroque composer
3. c. The Marriage of Figaro
4. a. A well known twentieth century composer
5. a. A gourd percussion instrument

Van Cliburn: A Portrait

Van Cliburn is one of the most celebrated this country has produced. Though he will always be remembered as the winner of the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (and remains the only American ever to have won it), this 1966 documentary from the archives of the Bell Telephone Hour highlights Cliburns true distinction as a musician of remarkable range and depth. Cliburn himself narrates the film, and offers many personal insights on music.

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 32

Answers to Musical IQ Test 31

1.   d.   Sergei Rachmaninoff
2.   a.   A British Baroque composer
3.   c.   The Marriage of Figaro
4.   a.   A well known twentieth century composer
5.   a.   A gourd percussion instrument

Allegro? Adagio? Who knows? Who cares?

Laurence Vittes Classical Music: An Investor's Guide

Good news for classical music lovers: Spotify has just announced the launch of Classify, a new groundbreaking classical music app designed to be the easiest way to browse, discover and listen to classical music over the Internet. Classify is created to be your Spotify home for classical music.

You can choose by mood or instrument.

Details Here