This second Lenten organ post is also the second of a two-part series dedicated to the spiritual music of Olivier Messiaen, this one solely focused on the organ, with some selections featuring Messiaen himself.
After showing improvisation skills on the piano Messiaen studied organ with Marcel Dupré and inherited the tradition of great French organists (Dupré had studied with Charles-Marie Widor and Louis Vierne, Vierne in turn was a pupil of César Franck
Updated Mar-06-2012 at 11:34 by itywltmt
I've been reflecting on this, on the basis of projects on this site and even more because of projects on other sites. There is one, for instance, that recently chose Poulenc as the third "greatest" French composer, and is about to put Ravel in first place. Another project is probably going to have both Firebird and Petrouchka beat out Rite of Spring. I've seen Lutoslawski's 3rd symphony recommended more strongly than Beethoven's 3rd. On a recent project here, a bunch of people were recommending
Updated Mar-01-2012 at 16:29 by science
The rules will be kept simple: here’s what I found, here’s where I found it, here’s a couple of sentences about it and (possibly) some opinions.
Not unlike Olympic Figure Skating, I will provide two sets of marks (letters A to D) on sound quality (SQ) and on overall impression (OI). These grades are entirely subjective, but here are some guidelines:
About “sound quality”: my point of reference is my iPod (160 GB iPod Classic) with standard
Updated Feb-28-2012 at 12:38 by itywltmt
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent (the forty days of spiritual reflection and atonement that precede Easter). During the lenten season, I have programmed four PTB posts dedicated to the king of instruments, the organ.
The series will be interspersed with la Chronique du disque (next week and on March 27) and a special post for Daylight Saving Time (March 13). I haven't done much in these pages with the organ, so I hope you won't mind this tiny
Updated Feb-22-2012 at 14:42 by itywltmt
Ok, it didn't work well the last time: I declared a "no-purchasing project" was underway, and within a week I'd bought probably 36 hours of music.
Now, I'm going to enact the "Slow Purchasing Project," as I think it's a more manageable goal.
Anyway, I am feeling overwhelmed and grateful just now for the amount of music that there is... and, to be frank, that I have. I know the Naxos site is up and I ought to take advantage of a source like that,