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Classical 101

Where's the Beef? Wrenching the Guts from Period Instruments

We've known for years that so-called mad cow disease is devastating to those who contract it. The disease might now be threatening an end to period-instrument performances of classical music. According to a report in The Telegraph, EU regulations imposed a decade ago to keep the public safe from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease now strictly control the use of animal tissues, including the cow's gut traditionally used to make strings for "period" stringed instruments. Musicians who perform on period instruments decry the EU regulations as potentially disastrous to their work as historically informed performers.  Read more: Mad cow disease fears over violin strings threatens works of Handel and Bach (The Telegraph)