The notorious recorder has been feared by parents and called an "instrument of torture". But what has this instrument given us that we might not realise?
You may think classical music is boring, but it might just be the most influential genre in the world — and if you like Game of Thrones or The Handmaid's Tale, you might be a fan without realising it.
Thomas' Music, a Melbourne icon, is closing its doors after almost a centenary in business, but staff are run off their feet as loyal customers flock to pick up classical CDs in the store's final days.
The 29-year-old Johannes Brahms had his first major public success with his piano quartet in G minor, but not everyone gave it glowing praise.