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Just as the Salon traditionalists scorned the Impressionist painters, the French musical academicians were contemptuous of the musical impressionists. The conservatives were already hollering at Claude Debussy, and they only got louder when he debuted his set of symphonic sketches, La Mer. It all seems so silly now.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit among your Monets and Renoirs, and enjoy La Mer this week.

You know what they say about revenge and living well!

We've got old Italian music covered from A to V this week... That's right, from Andrea Anzalone to Antonio Vivaldi.

It will be a diverse program this Thursday as we cover music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque years, when Italy was a collection of politically diverse city-states, not yet a unified country, but still a center of musical development for the continent.

Counts and archdukes may have been pretty important fellows in their day, but who would now remember Andrey Razumovsky, Ferdinand von Waldstein, or Rudolph Rainier of Habsburg-Lorraine had they not been immortalized by Beethoven's music in thanks for their patronage?

We'll look at some of Beethoven's dedicatees in this week's program.

Jam on WFIT 89.5 FM for a special Reggae “Hump Day” on Wednesday, April 11 noon for a Reggae DJ Take-Over. Jason Noon of the Lights Out Project band will be the special DJ to spin some ire roots rocking tunes on WFIT.

Maurice Ravel wrote his piano suite, Le Tombeau de Couperin, as both a tribute to a French Baroque composer and as a memorial to several friends who were killed in World War I. Later, he arranged portions of Tombeau into an orchestral suite. We'll look at both versions this week, then we'll go back and listen to some music from Couperin himself.

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