Pianist Art Ferrante Remembered

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Art Ferrante and Lou Teicher were two talented kids who met studying classical piano at The Juilliard School in New York City. They applied their talents to that body of music that radio station program directors used to call "easy listening," or — in the directors' more grandiose moments — "semi-classical."

Ferrante and Teicher looked oddly similar. Both wore black horn-rimmed glasses and sported pompadours of great height and questionable authenticity. They wore sequins and ruffles — not quite Liberace — but there were two of them, and they played with exaggerated gestures. They were billed as the Grand Twins of the Twin Grands.

Cynics called their music schmaltz, but it was schmaltz that sold more than 88 million records worldwide.

The pair specialized in movie themes, like the theme from The Apartment and their biggest hit, the theme from Exodus.

Together, they played some 5,200 concerts until they quit in 1989.

Teicher died last summer at the age of 83. His musical partner and lifelong friend, Ferrante, was 88 when he died Saturday.

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