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10:11 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Mozart's Attic - Thursday, Feb 19th at 10 p.m.

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.

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1:09 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Sound Waves Top 10 New Releases

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10:58 am
Wed February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Amit Peled is preparing to re-create a century-old cello recital by Pablo Casals, using the master's own instrument. Here, he shows if off in NPR's Washington, D.C., studios.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:47 pm

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.

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8:10 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Mozart's Attic - Thursday, Feb 12th at 10:00 pm

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.

89.5 FM and streaming live at and on the NPR Music App.

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8:56 am
Tue February 3, 2015

The State of NASA

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, accompanied by KSC Director Robert Cabana was at Kennedy Space Center Monday to give his State of NASA speech in the Armstrong Operation and Check Out Building.

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

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