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Musicians need to practice, and for organists this historically presented a problem: someone had to be engaged to pump a bellows to provide air pressure. One solution was the pedal harpsichord, a practice instrument that didn't require an assistant.

When the electric fan came along, there was no longer a need for a bellows, much less a bellows pumper. Soon the expensive and cumbersome pedal harpsichord disappeared as well -- until a revival a half century or so ago. This once nearly extinct instrument will be featured in a couple of Bach trio sonatas this week.

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.

The Kaddish Symphony, dating from 1963, concludes the cycle of the three symphonies of Leonard Bernstein this week on Mozart's Attic. We'll also hear the composer's set of Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
Then music of English Baroque composer William Boyce, piano music from Schubert, a horn concerto by Mozart, and some Russian liturgical music for men's chorus.

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The State of NASA

Feb 3, 2015
State of NASA

NASA opened it's doors to the media yesterday. WFIT's Rick Glasby filed this report from Kennedy Space Center.