Where is Chopin?

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In October 2006 while I was on a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship at the Columbia Journalism School for classical music and opera journalists, a New York University professor -- I forget his name -- came to Columbia to talk about research he was doing on the subject of 'How We Listen.' He asked our group to describe the process of listening to music. It seemed like a simple enough request. But try as we might, we couldn't articulate what actually happens inside us as we take in sound and process it. We were forced to come to the … [Read more...]