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  • 1988 Milan Tuning Conference to Return ...
    by S Faith Bowen on November 27, 2015 at 12:55 AM
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    April 9, 1988 in Milan, Italy, the Schiller Institute brought together some of the world's most highly-regarded classical singers and instrumentalists, to demand a return to rationality in musical tuning and performance. The demand was led by the top speakers at the conference, renowned operatic soprano Renata Tebaldi, baritone Piero Cappuccilli, and Helga Zepp-LaRouche. They and others called for an end to the high-pitched tuning, which has been literally destroying all but the most gifted voices during the past century, and for a return to the principles of classical aesthetics, according to which the process of musical composition is just as lawful as are the orbits of the planets in the solar system. To underline this call, the conference resolved to introduce legislation into the Italian parliament which would require a return to the natural tuning at which middle-C equals precisely 256 cycles per second--significantly lower than the current tuning which sets A at 440 cps--or frequently even higher. The fact that this is no mere professional detail, was underlined by the star-studded list of endorsers of the conference's aims. That list includes: Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe, Swiss soprano Anneliese Rothenberger, Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, Austrian violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan (former close associate of Wilhelm Furtwangler), German bass Kurt Moll, Mexican-Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, German soprano Edda Moser, and Italian tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Carlo Bergonzi, and Giuseppe Di Stefano. The conference took place at the Casa Giuseppe Verdi, the Renaissance-style building which the great Italian composer had built for retired musicians, with French 'cellist Eliane Magnan and pianist Marie-Pierre Soma playing the "Allegro ma non troppo" of Beethoven's Sonata No. 3 in A Major.

  • The Duty of An Artist" Remarks by " Wm. ...
    by S Faith Bowen on June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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    This is a spliced together clip from two separate tapes (one lost) of varying audio and video quality which changes about a quarter of the way through. This was an impromptu response Mr. Warfield gave to a panel speech by Helga Zepp LaRouche on "The Cult of Ugliness, or Beauty as a Necessary Condition for Mankind" February 18, 2001 at a Schiller Institute conference in Reston Virginia. Please go to for more information.

  • Schiller Concert at 432 Hz
    by S Faith Bowen on July 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM
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    Concert at the Verdi Tuning

    Schiller Institute

    July 3, 2011


    Introduction: Message on Verdi-tuning and Bel-canto

    * Liliana Gorini, Movimento Solidarietà (Italy) *


    Cello Suite BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach

    * Matthieu Fontana (Cello) *


    Spring Sonata, Op. 24 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    *Kwame Cole, Violin *

    *Uschik Choi, Piano*


    “Seit ich ihn gesehen” & “Er, der Herrlichste von allen”

    (from Frauenliebe und Leben by Robert Schumann )


    Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un ballo in maschera

    by Giuseppe Verdi)

    * Antonella Banaudi, Soprano *

    * Werner Hartmann, Piano *


    Va, pensiero” (from Verdi's Opera Nabucco)

    * LYM Orchestra & Chorus and Friends *

    * Sergej Strid , Conductor *


    Choral Fantasy Op. 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    *Benjamin Lylloff, Piano*

    * LYM Orchestra & Chorus and Friends *


  • The Classical Revolution- A Prelude
    by S Faith Bowen on May 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    The three part compilation is a preview of sorts which touches on the themes of an upcoming DVD, now in progress titled, "The Classical Revolution." Those three sections are here outlined in brief:


    The Congress For Cultural Freedom --The counter-culture which was promoted as an intelligence operation by powerful financial interests, has now become the culture.


    What does one do when the state is corrupt, and the masses are apathetic? Where does change then actually come from? Friedrich Schiller found a really fantastic response: that it can only happen through classical art.


    At the time of Verdi, the pitch was 432 Hz (C=256) and he wrote his operas for that pitch.  Going back to the Verdi tuning, and thereby breaking the perverse trend of the last decades of tuning ever higher, is a matter of respect for the artistic will of the composer, for his idea of color, of sound, of color of the voice, and also respect for the vocal instrument.

  • Beethoven Sonata No. 3 in A Major
    by S Faith Bowen on March 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    French 'cellist Eliane Magnan and pianist Marie-Pierre Soma play the "Allegro ma non troppo" of Beethoven's Sonata No. 3 in A Major April 9, 1988 at the Casa Giuseppe Verdi, the Renaissance-style building which the Italian composer had built for retired musicians. This piece opened a conference held by the Schiller Institute on the subject of lowering the musical pitch to a scientific tuning that reflected an 1884 Italian War Ministry decree with which Giuseppe Verdi and a group of musicians and scientists established as C=256 (A=432) as the "official scientific tuning-fork" in Italy. More information is available at

  • 2008- Save Bel Canto Singing
    by S Faith Bowen on March 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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    On September 30, 2008, a milestone in musical performance was reached. The Schiller Institute Bel Canto concert held at Boston?s Dante Society auditorium, was performed at the Verdi scientific tuning of C=256 Hz, by students who spent the previous ten days working intensively with Italian opera singer Maestra Antonella Banaudi, and choral director John Sigerson.

  • Schumann Birthday Celebration at C=256Hz...
    by S Faith Bowen on December 5, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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    This celebration came as the culmination of a multi-day series of workshops and pedagogical classes, in addition to being the product of much longer process of dedicated research and vocal training. In this first part are opening remarks by Harley Schlanger, a short presentation on Robert Schumann and his circles from David Shavin; solo presentations of German Lieder written by Robert Schumann, such as Du bist wie eine Blume, Der Himmel hat eine Tr?ne geweint, the full Dichterliebe song cycle, four pieces from Frauenliebe und Leben and Belshazar; all three movements of Beethoven's Cello Sonata Op. 69; a vocal quartet presentation of Schumann's B?nkels?nger Willie and Brahms' Der Abend; the chorus presented Schumann's Der K?nig in Thule; and this first part ends with J. S. Bach's Bist du bei mir presented by Michelle Fuchs, and Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus presented by LYM Chorus. Lyndon LaRouche made some very intense personal remarks regarding the importance of the Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart,and the LYM chorus sang it one more time.

  • Beethoven's Ode to Joy at C=256 Hz
    by S Faith Bowen on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM
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    LaRouche Youth Chorus Performs Beethoven's 9th Symphony at C=256 Hz 

    This studio recording, which we now present to you, should be seen as a demonstration of what a group of passionate young people, most of them without any prior musical education, are able to achieve when the pursuit of happiness and commitment to creating a better future, become greater than the common pessimistic small-mindedness. Take this as an example of what the next generations have the potential to create, if they are given the means to do so. And in that case, this will signify the first steps toward a new Classical Renaissance for Mankind!


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