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Classical Music

  1. It's About Time!

    En français



    As a smart man once told me, “Give a man a watch, and he knows what time it is. Give him two watches, and he can’t be sure anymore.”

    At 2 AM this past Sunday, continental North-America (except for the province of Saskatchewan and the state of Arizona) “sprang forward” to Daylight Savings Time. It is a fairly recent phenomenon that DST
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    Updated Mar-13-2012 at 10:59 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. Music Neuroscience References

    [I]Note: Please send me a PM to request an article you don't have access to. Alternatively, if you're a reddit user, make a request on [URL="http://www.reddit.com/r/scholar"]r/scholar[/URL].[/I]

    I have taken "neuroscience" in this instance to be a catch-all term, as there are many different sub-fields covered, such as evolutionary musicology, cognitive musicology, biomusicology, anthropological and linguistic studies etc. Nevertheless, at the heart of all these
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    Updated Mar-18-2012 at 21:06 by Polednice

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    Classical Music , Other
  3. Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

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    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
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    Updated Mar-06-2012 at 11:34 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Composers , Musicians , Recorded Music
  4. La chronique du disque (February 2012)

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    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 Feb-28-2012 at 12:38 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. Charles-Marie Widor (1844 - 1937)

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    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
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    Updated Feb-22-2012 at 14:42 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Composers , Musicians , Recorded Music