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Thanks to all of you who came out at noontime today to hear some French music just in advance of the Christmas season! If you didn’t get a copy of the “Fun Facts” I passed out, you can find them under “Musings” here — they’ll give you a new perspective on Messiaen and the other music I played.

It was a beautiful California day at noon, but it’s turned rainy where I live, so here’s a bit more on Messiaen, and a picture of him all bundled up for the weather.

Many thanks to all of you, all my readers, and to Sal Soria, a gracious and talented host at OLA. Joyeux Noel, indeed!

Posted November 29, 2012 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

Memories of Performances Past   1 comment

Elliott Carter died Monday. He was born on the same day in the same year as Messiaen, December 1908 (yes, Carter was 103 years old).

I had the pleasure of performing two of his major pieces – one at Carnegie Recital Hall, and one at Yale.  read more here…

Posted November 7, 2012 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

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