During our Lenten organ series, I peeked at three significant French organists: Widor, Dupré and Messiaen. During my look at Widor , I pointed out (accurately) that 2012 is the 75th anniversary of his passing, inexplicably ignoring another significant milestone – the 75th anniversary of the passing of his student Louis Vierne. Today’s post is meant to rectify this sin of omission from my part.
Vierne and Widor are the subject of my Friday Podcast
Updated Nov-13-2012 at 19:36 by itywltmt
When I was an undergraduate, I used to help Jerry Markiza, one of the Physics Lab coordinators at Concordia University. His office – for those who are familiar with the place – was in the old Drummond Science building on the Loyola Campus, and he would have his radio tuned consistently on what was known then as “CBC Stereo”, the FM classical music network that has since evolved into CBC Radio 2.
Updated Nov-06-2012 at 12:29 by itywltmt
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 Oct-30-2012 at 13:45 by itywltmt
Our second Once Upon the Internet post this month shares a download of the Second book of preludes by Claude Debussy.
Two weeks ago, we looked at the first book of preludes , and this week we turn to the second book, composed about two years after, between the last months of 1912 and early April 1913. The works in Debussy's second book of préludes are similar in intent to those of Book I (1907 - 1910). Several of them look ahead
Updated Oct-23-2012 at 12:36 by itywltmt
To provide a break between the two sets of Debussy Preludes for Piano, I thought I would dig into some of the French posts I have written elsewhere, and muse a bit about Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
The story behind the work is well known – Piictures is a tribute by Mussorgsky to his late friend Viktor Hartmann, and is a suite of short pastiches that represent some of Hartmann’s artwork, assorted with “glue-like” promenades that depict Mussorgsky walking through an exhibition
Updated Oct-16-2012 at 15:02 by itywltmt