Welcome to Microcosm

Welcome to Microcosm, where we bring biological concepts to life! I never thought that I would be the one. When I met her for the first time, that nanosecond, I thought of the mantra taught to us in training camp. To use that intensely personal weapon, unique to each of us, against a future enemy who would challenge

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The Longing:

The unique style of French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) made him one of the few composers who really stood out. In fact, most would credit Debussy with founding an entire era of music. While studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, Debussy shocked his music theory professors with harmonic writing that defied long-valued traditions established since

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The Passionate:

The orchestral writing of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), all of which set in the context of a composition for piano and orchestra, has often been criticized as “lacking”. Opponents attack his style of directing most of the spotlight at the piano while the orchestra serves as a “mere background”. But such radical departure from convention is

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The Haunting:

The image chosen for this essay is a black-and-white reproduction of Arnold Böcklin’s 1880-1886 painting Isle of the Dead. Böcklin was a Romantic Symbolist painter whose works often portrayed the grotesque and the fantastical, and the Isle of the Dead was an epitome of such style. This painting was the source of inspiration for Sergei

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The Music of Heaven

Heaven is one of those concepts that cannot be described in words; only through deeply inspired spiritual imagery can one even begin to evoke a picture of it. So powerful is the human desire to seek Heaven that whether one is religious or non-religious, one will be profoundly touched by the thought of Heaven sometime

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Witty Concerti

1948…the year when the world almost lost three of 20th century’s greatest composers to the power-hungry wrath of politics. The entire Soviet Union watched as Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, and Dmitri Shostakovich one by one made their way to the platform and apologized to the people for producing corrupt and abominable music that contaminated the

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