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  1. Healey Willan (1880-1968)

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    For this fourth and final installment of our Lenten organ series, we will veer off our French organ path and look at the music of another composer/organist, long-time Toronto resident Healey Willan.


    According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Healey Willan maintained that he was born with the ability to read music and, when he was four-and-a-half, both his mother
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  2. Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

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    For this our third post of the Lenten organ series, we turn to an organist that had a supporting role in both of of our past two posts – Marcel Dupré.

    Dupré is probably one of the most dominant French organists of the first half of the 20th century to have extensively recorded as an artist. In a lot of ways, that
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    Updated Mar-20-2012 at 10:41 by itywltmt

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  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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  4. 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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  5. Happy Valentine's Day

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    I don’t think I need to say much as an introduction for this Valentine’s Day playlist – the theme of love is everywhere in Classical Music, in all eras, in all genres… The problem I had wasn’t finding stuff to put here, as much as what I had to keep out!

    To begin, from this week's SNL - the bit I want to share starts at the 1:00 mark:

    http://www.globaltv.com/saturdaynigh...ightlive/video
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    Updated Feb-14-2012 at 11:51 by itywltmt

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