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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Happy Valentine's Day

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    Composing plans for summer-heart1-jpg

    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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  4. This too is Groundhog Day

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    This is getting ridiculous - now, only ONE video per post

    Last Thursday, I put together a montage for Groundhog Day, and the music of shadows.

    However, Groundhog Day has come to mean something entirely different in recent years. No, it has nothing to do with groundhogs predicting a shorter or longer winter, but rather has to do with, well... why explain when I can show you:

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    Updated Feb-07-2012 at 11:34 by itywltmt

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  5. This Day in Music History - 16 January 1910

    Related thread: http://www.talkclassical.com/13383-mahler-new-york.html
    Related Article: http://www.ashevillesymphony.org/con...am%20Notes.pdf

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    Carnegie Hall, New York , 16 January 1910: In a memorable evening, Sergey Rakhmaninov gives the third performance of his Piano Concerto no.3, with the New York Philharmonic under its new music director, Gustav Mahler.

    Rachmaninov appeared as soloist in the
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    Updated Jan-16-2012 at 11:32 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Concerts