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  • September 29, 2013: A Little Harpsichord Gone Astray

    September 29, 2013 11:18

    “Les regrets“ (“Regrets“) François Couperin (1668-1733)

    “L’âme en peine“ (“The soul in sorrow“) François Couperin (1668-1733)

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    About a month ago I was at the UCR music library where the head librarian has had ...

  • Sepember 15, 2013: Fugues can be FUN! Who knew?

    September 15, 2013 19:30

    Toccata in Em J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

    A ‘toccata’ is a free-style piece, usually on the showy side. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ is probably the most [in]famous, but he wrote many others.

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    This morning’s toccata opens with a moody introduction, then a mysterious ‘fugue light’, then a dream-like improvisatory ...

  • September 1, 2013: Whale Songs

    September 01, 2013 19:32

    Precatio a Cetis Magnis (“Prayer of the Great Whales“) W. Zeitler

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    Whale songs are rather extraordinary, and unique in the animal kingdom. They last about 30 minutes — that’s an impressive attention span! Whales in the same area all sing ...

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