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  • 2015 April 12: Piano Four Hands

    April 12, 2015 10:30

    If you wanted to hear a piece of orchestral literature before 1877 (when Edison invented the phonograph) you had to live in a city large enough to support an orchestra and hope they would play what you wanted to hear before you shed this mortal coil. Or you could avail yourself of an arrangement for piano four hands: two pianists at one piano. Most orchestral literature has too many notes for two hands, but four can do a surprisingly good job. (more )

  • 2015 March 8: Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament

    March 08, 2015 10:30

    In 1802, 32 years old, the inescapable reality of his deafness finally silently crashing in on him (in an era before hearing aids, lip-reading or sign language*), Beethoven wrote a letter to his two brothers... (more )

  • 2015 March 1: Trying NOT to be Something You ARE...

    March 01, 2015 10:30

    Most questions in Life, the Universe and Everything don't fall into simple True/False categories. As much as I would have liked all my school exams to be entirely True/False questions, my teachers were too smart for that! (more )

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