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  1. Once Upon the Internet: The Piano Music of Maurice Ravel

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    Earlier this month on my Friday Blog and Podcast, I provided a sample of orchestral and piano music by Maurice Ravel to commemorate the 75th annioversary of his passing. This instalment of Once Upon the Internet considers some of his piano music, as downloaded years ago from the original MP3.COM.

    Although Ravel has often been compared to Claude Debussy, it is fair
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    Updated Nov-20-2012 at 11:33 by itywltmt

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  2. Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

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    During our Lenten organ series, I peeked at three significant French organists: Widor, Dupré and Messiaen. During my look at Widor , I pointed out (accurately) that 2012 is the 75th anniversary of his passing, inexplicably ignoring another significant milestone – the 75th anniversary of the passing of his student Louis Vierne. Today’s post is meant to rectify this sin of omission from my part.

    Vierne and Widor are the subject of my Friday Podcast
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    Updated Nov-13-2012 at 18:36 by itywltmt

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  3. Beethoven Concertos on YouTube

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    All this month, we have woven major Beethoven works on PTB, as we complete our Beethoven project on Youtube consisting of all his symphonies and concertos, along with some other orchestral works (most notably overtures and masses). As an ice-breaker, I thought I would start with an overture I featured on a recent Friday montage, performed here by Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra:



    Earlier this year,
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    Updated May-23-2012 at 00:19 by itywltmt

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  4. 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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  5. 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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    Classical Music , Composers , Musicians , Recorded Music