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  1. Don't Ask Me Why: Chapter 2

    Marie was just finished working at the box office. It wasn't a shift she particularly enjoyed, since it was being in contact with so many people in a short amount of time, and it drained her. What she really preferred was working with the music programming department where she put together and edited various programs of concerts and recitals. She loved looking at them when they were completed, and seeing all the neat program notes and biographies of the performers.

    And for once, she ...
  2. Don't Ask Me Why: Chapter 1

    It was perfect.

    The perfect shoes!

    Tanya pulled them from the store case and tried them on. Dark red, black velvet embroidery, and 8 cm stiletto heel. And only 25$! She grinned.

    "I'll find use of these soon for sure!" she said to herself, and drove home with her new purchase.

    Stepping into her apartment, she found Marcus laying on the couch in the living room, watching TV.

    "You look happy," ...
  3. Brahms “In Camara” at the Gardner Museum

    En français

    Today's post is the first of three that I have planned for this series that uses material from the Gardner Museum's Music Library, a place we have turned to consistently in past chamber series.

    Brahms' attitude toward the importance of the string quartet as the ultimate expression of the composer's craft can be understood when it is considered that he reputedly sketched and destroyed ...

    Updated Jul-12-2013 at 12:36 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music
  4. Museum Inspirations

    During July and August, as I try and do every year, we change gears on the Tuesday Blog, and turn our attention to chamber music, or music in a chamber setting, like solo instruments. Our Podcast Vault selection for this month launches this summer tradition for us today.

    Our regulars know that one of my go-to sites for this sereies is the Music Library at Boston's Gardner Museum, and so it is ...

    Updated Aug-01-2013 at 16:58 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. La Chronique du Disque (June 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

    Updated Jun-25-2013 at 11:31 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music