Celebrate Beethoven, Composer of Freedom

By Nancy Spannaus Two hundred and fifty-one years ago, on December 16, 1770, the world welcomed the birth of the man I call the “Composer of Freedom,” Ludwig van Beethoven. Let us celebrate Beethoven today for his historical and ongoing contributions to liberating mankind from tyranny and ugliness, including in our own republic. Although Beethoven…

Alma Deutscher’s Plea for Harmony Strikes a Universal Chord

An incredible speech was given by the 14 year old composer Alma Deutscher upon receiving the European Culture Prize at the Vienna State Opera on October 20, 2019. At this prestigious ceremony, the young musician, whose works have sent shock waves through the musical world since she began composing at young age of 6 made…

Tuning Humanity to the Universe: The Role of Education in Shaping Global Citizens

In this address delivered to the last session of the 22nd International Conference of Chief Justices of the World organized by India’s City Montessori School, Matthew Ehret (representing Dr. Edward Lozansky- President of the American University in Moscow) delivered remarks on the role of education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and also advance…

China’s Electricity Superhighway Inspires a Classical Musical Awakening in Brazil

By Matthew Ehret As China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues to lift millions out of poverty through long term investments into energy, water, transportation, education and science projects, a too often overlooked and yet incredibly important effect has been the explosion of cultural optimism and beautiful artistic expression found among the youth touched by the…

The Coming Self-Destruction of Atonalism

By Felix Dupin Music is a language we hear and decipher unknowingly since the earliest period of youth. Although expressing both passion and creativity, music is also made of rules and whether studied intellectually or not, it is perfectly comprehensible to the untrained ear and evolved organically transmitting both creative energy and lawful harmonies, consonances,…

Beethoven’s Letters

It is indeed very hard to come by anyone who has never heard of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers of all time. However, despite this level of fame which has followed him, nearly 200 years after his death, there is little that is truly known about the man himself. For certain, there…