I had vague knowledge of Ravel's tragic end, but this week learned a little more about the profoundly debilitating neurological issues that developed over the course of the five years prior to his death. He stopped being able to speak words or write, and ultimately could not compose or function. He was left with enormous lapses in memory and died as a result of exploratory brain surgery to figure out the problem.

The whole thing is interesting to me (not that I'm using it now, but the ol' college major was neuroscience.) Unbelievably tragic. It seems like a terrible way to go.

Anyway, this was a really fascinating podcast, and at 19 minutes it is shorter than listening to a performance of Gaspard de la Nuit, heh.

http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2012/jun/18/unraveling-bolero/
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Currently:
Bach, French Suites, No. 3 BWV 814
Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
With the pedal I love to meddle; When Paderewski comes this way... -Irving Berlin