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Bruce Adolphe and the Piano Puzzler

Fred Child and composer Bruce AdolpheAPM

September 14, 2022

Every week, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for a musical game, our Piano Puzzler. Bruce re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a great composer. We get one of our listeners on the phone who tries to guess the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. Play along with the PT Piano Puzzler on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Enrique Soro: Fantastic Dance
Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Album: Inca Trail Connections
Naxos 574266

Peter Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture after Shakespeare
Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
NRK Radio Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Stephen Farrand, calling from Freeport, ME

Richard Strauss: Four Songs Op. 27
Paulina Swierczek, soprano | The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Hour 2

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: Movement 3
Anthony McGill, clarinet | Pacifica Quartet
Album: Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets
Cedille Records

James Lee III: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Anthony McGill, clarinet | The Pacifica Quartet
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Czech Chorale St. Wenceslas, Op. 35a
Tessa Lark, violin | Erin Keefe, violin | Jonathan Vinocour, viola | Yegor Dyachkov, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Ballad in A Minor, Op. 33
Sewanee Symphony | Kalena Bovell, conductor
Sewanee Summer Music Festival, The University of the South, All Saints’ Chapel, Sewanee, TN