Megan Szostak is a first-year who has not yet declared a major. Megan can be reached at megan.szostak@tufts.edu.


Lisztomania: Globalization

As an aggressively Eurocentric American, I am aware that I have neglected a great part of the world in my musical analyses over these past several weeks. Of course, I do try to focus on classical music, which has historically been produced by the Western world, but there has recently been an increasing output of […]


Tufts choirs deliver captivating performance of works by Sharon, Sacks, Brahms

On April 7, choir director Jamie Kirsch led the Tufts Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Alumni in captivating performances of a cappella arrangements by Deke Sharon, the premiere of “Songs for the Earth” by Rebecca Sacks (LA ’06) and Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem” as a part of the Alumni Choral Weekend. Alum Deke Sharon (LA […]


Lisztomania: DSCH

Autobiography in music first became popular during the Romantic era but can be seen in instrumental music from the Modern and Contemporary eras as well. Writing music about one’s own life gave composers an outlet to process emotions and also acted as a source of powerful emotions that could be written into melodies. One of the […]


Gustavo Dudamel leads BSO in thrilling Schumann Symphony No. 1, Rite of Spring performances

Gustavo Dudamel, resident director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, guest-conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) on April 5 in a captivating performance of Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, nicknamed the “spring” symphony, was composed in under a month in 1841, and is a prime example of […]


Weekender: Composer, Tufts alum Rebecca Sacks shares her latest work, ‘Songs for the Earth’

Rebecca Sacks, a Tufts alum (LA ’06) and notable composer, was recently commissioned through the generous Daniels’ Family Gift to compose for the Tufts Chorale and Alumni Singers. Her piece, “Songs for the Earth,” will debut on Sunday, April 7, in the Granoff Music Center. Sacks has been a musician since the age of four, when she began […]


Lisztomania: The Butterfly Effect

When I was a first-year in high school, I created a chart listing all of the immediate and long-term effects of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. After several months of working, I eventually produced an extensive document regarding the assassination and its effects, and turned it in under the name “the Butterfly […]


Handel and Haydn Society triumphs in performance of Beethoven’s Fifth

Matthew Halls led the Handel and Haydn Society in their Sunday, March 10 concert, which included performances of Mozart’s “Overture to The Magic Flute,” Carl Maria von Weber’s “Clarinet Concerto No. 1” with soloist Eric Hoeprich and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” Handel’s “Coronation Anthem No. 1” was also performed with guest conductor Emily Isaacson as a part of […]


Lisztomania: The Future is Female

There is no doubt that the modern feminist movement has been championed by women of all backgrounds. Within the last two centuries, women have provided novel ideas and thought processes to many different fields. Many women who have led movements of suffrage or who have made breakthrough contributions to science are widely recognized — and rightfully […]


Lisztomania: Czech it Out

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Except in extraneous cases about which I am most certainly not qualified to discuss, something cannot arise from nothing. What makes music so amazing is its ability to defy this fundamental law. This week, I will be focusing on the Czech nationalist movement […]


Lisztomania: Sound in Silence

I’ve always found it somewhat ironic that Ludwig van Beethoven, objectively one of the greatest composers of all-time, went deaf in adulthood. To think that he could not hear his own music physically pains me, but it also makes me think: Was it Beethoven’s deafness that allowed him to become so great? Many historians and […]


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