Allegro non troppo

Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto is not what you thought. Tessa Carman talks about the Bells of Ordinary Time in seven liturgical hours, more or less. Libby Nelson presents Twenty-Five Maps that Explain the English Language, as if such a thing were possible. Linda Rodriguez explains how World War One made wristwatches happen.


Humans of Tanglewood

The latest over at Dappled Things. One of Beethoven’s composer friends apparently once showed him a manuscript at the end of which he had written, “Finished with the help of God.” Beethoven wrote under it, “Man, help yourself!”