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  1. Once Upon the Internet – Sergey Schepkin Plays Debussy

    by , Oct-09-2012 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
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    This month, we will have two Once Upon the Internet posts, covering the two books of preludes for piano by Claude Debussy.

    The works

    Claude Debussy's Préludes are divided into two separate livres (or books) of twelve preludes each. Unlike previous collections of preludes, such as those of J.S. Bach and Chopin, Debussy's do not follow a strict pattern of key signatures.

    Each book was written in a matter of months, at an unusually ...

    Updated Nov-18-2012 at 17:52 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Musicians , Recorded Music
  2. Theatre of the Mind

    by , Oct-02-2012 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
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    The music selections I chose to explore today are, in a sense, speculative works – that is to say, works written (one could think) in anticipation of a stage work. All of the pieces I chose are intended either to depict stage music, or suggest stage music, whilst not necessarily designed to accompany any specific stage work – other, maybe, than the type of stage performance, be it a theatrical play, a ballet or an opera.

    Let’s start with the ...

    Updated Oct-02-2012 at 11:29 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. Touch: Chapter 18 (i.e. epilogue)

    by , Sep-28-2012 at 02:40
    6 months passed.



    It was a chill winter's night in December. Some dry snow was on the ground, being swept around by the swirling breezes coming through the streets. But inside the City Concert Hall, it was warm and lively. A huge crowd had formed in its lobby which spilled out into the street, waiting to be seated for the Premiere of Andrei Gavrilov's Symphony No. 2, the "Regeneration" Symphony.

    Andrei and Nadia were up on the top level in ...
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  4. Touch: Chapter 17

    by , Sep-28-2012 at 02:36
    Nadia returned to her empty home dejectedly. She slept poorly that night because of her racing thoughts.

    "Just wait until tomorrow, then everything will be resolved," one thought would go, but other thoughts immediately followed:

    "What if I've made a mistake? What if I'm just over-thinking it all? What if Andrei's intentions aren't at all what I thought they were, and he just wants to be my friend? 'Just friends' he might say. Just friends... but I don't ...
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  5. La Chronique du disque (September 2012)

    by , Sep-25-2012 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    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
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    Updated Sep-25-2012 at 11:32 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music