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Persons 50 and over who live in the Pittsburgh area and are interested in taking a 5 week class on the fascinating, massive musical machine that is the organ should sign up with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UPitt). Registration for the Spring 2018 session is open! The class will run from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. in the sanctuary at Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, Pittsburgh PA on Thursdays from Feb 1 to Mar 1.

This Week's Featured Recording
(1/9/18)

See Among Midwinter's Snow




It is frigging cold here in Pittsburgh this week. And while we're all recovering from some Christmas festivities, I thought we could stand another carol. It is still not yet the middle of winter, after all.



for 1/9-1/18
this week on the blog:


Tuesday, january 9, 2018

Each year, my wife and I dutifully assemble in the living room, get out the boxes, put  "Messiah" on backwards, and take down the Christmas tree. Then, for merry measure (follow me here) we stamp out every last vestige of the holiday and all three (or four) nativity sets, tiny wooden Christmas trees and the like, with the possible exception of the stray bits of pine tree that will continue to make periodically unannounced visits through next October.

Most years, despite any shortcomings of the actual event, I am sorry to see it go. But through patient application, I've managed to extend the holiday's end from the middle of Christmas morning until the weekend of or following Epiphany. That is just in case my wife decides we really ought to see whether our credit is good for 10 Lords a Leaping or whatever nonsense those lords have been up to since they got drummed out of parliament.


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Now on Pianonoise Radio (on demand):

relaxing piano music
 




for improving musicians:


The show must go on series...
when Pianonoise isn't feeling well





Sick  Be prepared. Because later you may not be able to....

Woozy   When the notes won't hold still, it helps to know which ones are important

Easter, out of season  
musical cheer as a salve for melancholy

caesura 
You will be visited by microscopic bugs...


on composers:
The Sunshine Composer Answers his Critics

 

Was he just too nice to produce great art?






 elsewhere in the pianoverse :
A Guide to the 'Isms'  



 
(a thumbnail guide to music in the 20th century)






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