Megan Szostak is an assistant arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore who is majoring in Psychology and Music. Megan can be reached at

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 […]

Lisztomania: More than Mozart

The world became astronomically bigger in the 18th century. In preceding centuries, the Americas had begun to be colonized by the Europeans, and by the middle of the 18th century, European colonialism had made its way onto nearly every continent. This desire for grandeur in regards to extending one’s borders promoted thinking at a larger […]

Lisztomania: If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it

One of the most interesting things about music is that it is a vein of history that, when followed closely, can tell the story of human progress. Different centuries are characterized by different ideals such as nationalism, sanctity and progressivism, and in the same way these values are represented in politics, technology and societal norms, […]

Lisztomania: For the love of music

Growing up, I hated music. I had been exposed to the popular music of the early 2000s before anything else, and if you can remember any early Miley Cyrus hits or other millennial-teen music that had permeated down through the public school system and into the ears of the impressionable youth, my original sentiments towards […]