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  1. The Piano Music of Scott Joplin (Part 2)

    To complete our two-part survey of the piano music of Scott Joplin, I wanted to share tracks I downloaded from a still-active Public Domain site, LiberMusica.


    In the first installment in this series I observed that the tempo on some of the ragtime tracks I unearthed years ago was, well, rather ...
  2. The Piano Music of Scott Joplin (Part 1)

    This month has five Tuesdays and, as luck would have it, I happen to have some spare material to share. So here's the first of a two-part series, for your listening pleasure.

    This week's installment of Once Upon the Internet brings in music from two source sites: the old MP3.COM and an Italian public domain site that is no longer active, vitaminc.it.

    Back in the day, I amassed quite a few tracks from the piano music of the great African-American composer Scott Joplin ...
  3. In Memoriam - Sir Neville Marriner (1924 – 2016)

    November is typically when I take time in these pages to share music created by some of the artists and composers we lost over the past year. As it turns out, a little less than a month ago, we lost Sir Neville Marriner, a conductor memorable for his stewardship (and establishment) of a great chamber/early music ensemble, The Academy of St-Martin in the Fields.

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  4. Three Bach Cello Suites

    This month’s Once Upon the Internet digs into our many downloads from the defunct site MP3.COM. (I should point out that I am slowly but surely running out of tracks to share with you from that site...)

    The trio of pieces I retained this month are three of the six Cello Suites (or more exactly Suites à Violoncello Solo senza Basso or Suites for cello solo without bass). The corpus of six suites is among some of the most frequently performed and recognizable solo compositions ever ...
  5. Berlioz, Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra ‎– Symphonie Fantastique

    This month's Vinyl's Revenge is not necessarily a truly great recording, but it stands out in my mind because it was the first recording I ever owned of thus seminal work.

    Trout, in one of his many surveys of repertoire recordings, looked at Symphonie Fantastique and many of his stand-outs were from the great French conductors: Munch, Paray and I would add to that Igor Markevitch, as well as some "Berlioz specialists" like Sir Colin Davis and Sir Thomas Beecham. I would ...
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