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Popular MP3 clips

As we have mentioned before Offenbach's Can Can is the most popular clip on our site - I suppose a free lofi 30 second clip of that music may have more applications than most of the rest of our material.

However it is part of a wider pattern where the composers of the first four most popular clips are 19th century French composers or French by adoption in Offenbach's case. They are Saint Saens with his Danse Macabre, Widor's 'wedding music' Toccata from his 5th Symphony and Gounod's Ave Maria.

Naturally we provide the clips to enable potential customers to check our description of the music and get some feel for the arrangement and an appreciation of the quality of the recordings on offer. To be practical we offer lofi versions because they are much quicker to download and it has been interesting to note the relatively low take up of the short pieces which we offer free of charge and in full at the same hifi quality as our other commercial offerings.

Today's streaming sample - Gallia - is from a relatively unknown piece by Gounod which was composed in London during the Franco Prussian war and reflects his feelings about sufferings of his country at that time. This is not a piece where the steel drums bring much sunshine but the contrast with the mega moog makes for an interesting and emotional interpretation.

Just click the link to download the lofi clip an if you find it interesting the full 15 minute log piece represents excellent value at $2.99.

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