Performance Today

Playing by ear

Composer Carlos SimonCourtesy of the artist

March 04, 2020

Carlos Simon learned to play piano by ear, playing hymns in the church that his father started. Over those years, he learned that music had the ability to reach people on an emotional and spiritual level. On Wednesday's episode of Performance Today, hear an homage to a family's deep spiritual roots: "Amen" by Carlos Simon.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, K. 545: Movement 1
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Mozart Piano Sonatas
Philips 422 725-2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 498
Joaquin Valdepenas, clarinet; James Dunham, viola; Anton Nel, piano
Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Richard Baum, Houston, TX

Carlos Simon: Amen!
Gateways Music Festival Orchestra; Michael Morgan, conductor
Gateways Music Festival, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY

Hour 2

Hildegard von Bingen: Veni creator spiritus
Anonymous 4
Hildegard Von Bingen: Origin Of Fire
Harmonia Mundi 907327

Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1
Omer Quartet
Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Farm, Delhi, NY

Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra; Robert Manno, conductor
Catskill Mountain Foundation, Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter, NY

Hildegard von Bingen, arr. Byrne Kozar Duo: O Quam Mirabilis Est
Byrne Kozar Duo: Corrine Byrne, voice; Andy Kozar, trumpet
Lake George Music Festival, Park Theater, Glens Falls, NY