On this weekend's Performance Today, Bruce Adolphe will join us for this week's Piano Puzzler. Plus, he'll stick around to talk about a new series of pieces he's written; his personal reactions to Frederic Chopin, called Chopin Dreams.
After Thanksgiving, there's often a big clean-up that has to take place. So on Friday's Performance Today, we'll help out with a special piece by Malcolm Arnold; his Grand Grand Overture for Vacuum Cleaners, Floor Polisher, and Concert Band.
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Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.
Inspired by a set of drawings by 19th century French caricaturist and cartoonist J.J. Grandville, Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand wrote a fantastical piece called "Visions from Another World."