Pianist Art Ferrante Remembered Pianist Art Ferrante of the piano duo Ferrante and Teicher died Saturday. The duo, who met while studying at The Juilliard School in New York City, sold more than 88 million records worldwide.
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Pianist Art Ferrante Remembered

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Pianist Art Ferrante Remembered

Pianist Art Ferrante Remembered

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

If you're of a certain age, you know this music: like it or not.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE JEALOUS LOVER" (THEME FROM 'THE APARTMENT'))

SIEGEL: We're playing it to mark the passing of a duo. 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 more grandiose moments, semi-classical.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE JEALOUS LOVER" (THEME FROM 'THE APARTMENT'))

SIEGEL: 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. What we're hearing is the theme from "The Apartment." Their biggest hit was the theme from the movie, "Exodus." Together, they played some 5,200 concerts until they quit in 1989.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE JEALOUS LOVER" (THEME FROM 'THE APARTMENT'))

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

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE JEALOUS LOVER" (THEME FROM 'THE APARTMENT'))

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