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  1. Mardi Gras

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    Tomorrow will be Ash Wednesday – the official start to the Lenten season – and as we did last year, we will try and program more organ music during that time, starting next week with Once Upon the Internet.

    But, as is the custom around the Christian world at this time, we get one last “kick at the can” before giving up some of the things we like best…

    They call it Mardi Gras, or as the folks in New Orleans call it, Fat Tuesday.
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    Updated Feb-12-2013 at 14:44 by itywltmt

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  2. Two-Part Titles



    Every so often, I program music based on numerical themes, and this month it’s all around the number two. I did something not too dissimilar last year, and I thought I would pick one of those from the old Podcast Vault.

    There are many works in the repertoire that have two-part titles. Things like “Introduction and Allegro”, or “Prelude and Fugue” or, like in this case, “Schnell und beweglich
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    Updated Feb-05-2013 at 11:32 by itywltmt

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  3. La chronique du disque (January 2013)

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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 earbud-type
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    Updated Jan-29-2013 at 10:56 by itywltmt

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  4. My Brahms Symphony Cycles

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    The Brahms Symphonies: Personal Impressions

    Brahms symphonies are an odd set, insofar as I believe they are best approached individually rather than as a set. Unlike Beethoven's cycle, which shows an artistic progression from a Haydn-like model to what are arguably the first great Romantic sympohonies, the Brahms symphonies don't offer much that is novel per se. In fact, one could argue the symphonies of Brahms's late contemporaries Mahler and Bruckner provide
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    Updated Jan-22-2013 at 11:31 by itywltmt

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  5. Once Upon the Internet - Brahms works for the Clarinet

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    Today's instalment of Once Upon the Internet is (like many of our features this month) part of a month-long look at Brahms for his 180th birthday.

    In the early 1880's Brahms decided he would never compose music again. In an Indian summer of creativity near the end of his career, Johannes Brahms wrote the two Sonatas, Op. 120 (1894), the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 (1891), and the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 (1891) especially
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    Updated Jan-15-2013 at 11:31 by itywltmt

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