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  1. Don't Ask Me Why: Chapter 20

    Tanya had begun her research on her thesis now, studying the life and choral works of the 19th and 20th century Russian composers. She read biographies, musicological books and scores, trying to delve into the heart of the style. Tanya began to train in Russian diction, and learning basic speech. She knew this was important for herself, and also for her singers that were going to sing the Arensky Vocal Quartets. And finally, Tanya got her hands on Marcus' composition. It was one of the most beautiful ...
  2. Don't Ask Me Why: Chapter 19

    Marie had forgotten how much she loved the flute. After leaving it alone for almost a whole year, coming back to it she remembered a lot more than she expected. Her apartment wasn't the best place, but she managed for a few weeks of Winter Break, and then started going to the practice rooms.
    The practice wing was one of the nicest segments in the music school of the the performing arts center. It was three floors tall, white-washed halls, and each room had their own pianos. Marie didn't know ...
  3. Don't Ask Me Why: Chapter 18

    It was mid January, and the weather was dull and cold, gray clouds covering the sun. It was early morning when Marie walked from her car to the Performing Arts building, wrapping a warm black scarf around her face. It wasn't her first day back on the job, but it was the first day of the new semester. After a nice break, everyone was eager to get back into the game, and many exciting things were planned for the following months. Marie knew she had dozens of concerts to program, and hundreds, possibly ...
  4. La Chronique du Disque (July 2013)

    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 Aug-01-2013 at 16:14 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  5. Don't Ask Me Why: Chapter 17

    It actually did snow that night, and when Marie woke up that Saturday morning, about an inch was on the ground. She wanted to go to the gym, but now it wouldn't be safe to drive there. Instead, it would be the perfect time to go walking.

    Marie left her home around 10 AM and walked on the sidewalks through the neighborhood. It was a beautiful day, the sun shining brightly in the cold air, and all was quiet except for distant cars on the highways. It was here that Marie truly found ...