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  • 2017 Sept 24: Ravel's Sonatine

    September 24, 2017 10:30

    In 1903 Ravel wrote the first movement of the Sonatine for a competition sponsored by the Weekly Critical Review magazine after being encouraged by a close friend who was a contributor to that publication. (more )

  • 2017 January 25: The Sunken Cathedral

    September 10, 2017 10:30

    The people of the Brittany section of France have a legend that a cathedral sank to the bottom of the ocean when the ancient city of Ys was engulfed by the sea as punishment for her evil and foolish ways (a story reminiscent of Atlantis). The legend has it that once every century, the Ys Cathedral rises from the sea at sunrise, and in the misty dawn one can hear the sounds of unearthly music, bells chiming, the organ playing and the sonorous chanting of the monks, before the cathedral slowly disappears into the ocean again. (more )

  • 2017 Aug 27: Preludes in C

    August 27, 2017 10:30

    Bear with me for a bit of mathematical music theory (I promise to minimize the discomfort!). In music, two notes at the same time are called an 'interval', and two intervals in particular are profoundly fundamental to human music worldwide. If you'll recall your "do-re-mi's", our two biggie intervals are the 'octave' -- from 'do' through re, mi, fa... back to 'do', and the other is the 'fifth' (if 'do' = 1, then 're' = 2, 'mi' = 3, 'fa', = '4' and 'so' = 5 ... so from 'do' to 'so' is a 'fifth'). (more )

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