Music has been an integral part of our lives for tens of thousands of years. It can be found in concerts, at ceremonies, on the street; it is possible to make music or to enjoy its sounds absolutely everywhere. Come with us on a journey of discovery, and be inspired by the diversity of music in different cultures and from different eras!
The forest has undergone an amazing transformation: from a place of a multitude of dangers, to a preservation area of untouched nature. It serves as a seismograph for the general state of the environment. But what role does the forest play in music? Do hunting horns and birdsong really emanate from the forest? Holger Slowik from the #StrettaJournal spoke to musicologist Georg Högl, an expert on the forest in music.
What would 2001: Space Odyssey (1968) be without Richard Strauss? What would Back to the Future (1985) be without Chuck Berry? What would Alfred Hitchcock have done without Bernard Herrmann? It is hard to imagine our favourite films without music. But the first films were produced without any sound at all! From the first moment someone pushed a piano onto the stage at a silent movie theatre, this wonderful musical genre sprung to life.
Since the very first silent films, music and film have always gone hand in hand! For us as musicians, however, it is particularly interesting when we reverse the terms 'film' and 'music', and focus on the genre 'music films'. Here, the music itself is the subject, and each and every film provides numerous musical numbers. Ten members of the #StrettaSquad recommend their favorite music films, and every single one is an absolute must-see!
As nature awakens from hibernation, floral scents fill the air. Fresh leaves give the world a green hue, and gardens and meadows start exploding with colour... Can all of this be captured in music? Stretta editor David Rauh went looking for anwsers, guided by his own personal Spring Music-Highlights.