Music Now and Next

  The famous German composer Helmut Friedrich Lachenmann, awarded in 2008 with the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale International Contemporary Music Festival, describes his compositions as  concrete instrumental music. A couple of years ago, here in Milan, his daughter said: “the music of my father is … really strange!” Defined as modern, atonal, dodecaphonic, […]


In act-V, scene-IV of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Richard the III”, the king, after losing the battle of Bosworth in 1485, cries out one of the most famous phrases of the entire production of the Stratford-upon-Avon playwright “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!” This phrase underlines how, in someone’s life, the importance of […]

Rock Around … Milan

The news of the recent Nobel prize awarded to Bob Dylan echoed around the world. This multi-talented singer-songwriter, is not only a composer, who in his performances sings, plays electric guitar, harmonica and piano, but also a writer, poet, actor, painter, sculptor and radio host. He is renowned worldwide as one of the most important […]

New Perspectives on Caravaggio

The Pinacoteca di Brera picture gallery is certainly an international high point in Milan. Commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, then passed to the French who erected in the courtyard the statue by Canova portraying Napoleon as a god, it is now headed by the Anglo-Canadian James Bradburne. This revolutionary director likes to put […]

Past and future at full blast

Most tourists travel around the world armed with a guide book and a selfie stick, in an attempt to capture every moment and remind themselves, once back to reality, of just how much fun they really had. But alas such dedicated sightseeing is often not enough to make the most of the city and discover […]

What time was it, please?

Probably nobody knows that the larger collection in our National Museum of Science and Technology is the clock section with over 1,000 pieces, from the first measurement devices, such as an Egyptian hourglass; or the so called “Notturno” by Johann Philipp Treffler, a German clockmaker of Augsburg, involved in a controversy on the priority of […]

A chess move in the chess file

The matter up for discussion in this month’s article is whether Leonardo da Vinci was a chess player. Although this unresolved doubt may not disturb your otherwise peaceful existence, you might be interested to know that he was, in keeping with his incredible personality, more than just a simple chess player. The story started a […]

Fingers in rubber

Unlike basketball, in the ball game Tlachtli practiced by the Aztec, Maya and Olmec people the rule was to put a ball through a stone circle, then the losers were beheaded! In 1492, what most impressed the ambitious Genoese spectator Cristoforo Colombo, was not the outcome of the game, but the rudimentary ball, which bounced […]

Building and digging to connect Europe

  On a map of Europe you can’t fail to notice its most extensive mountain range, stretching around 1,200 kilometers (750 mi), made up of roughly one hundred peaks also known as the “four-thousanders” because their height exceeds 4,000 meters (13,123 ft). The range stretches across eight Alpine countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and of […]