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Bruce Adolphe and the Piano Puzzler

Fred Child & Bruce AdolphePhoto: Jon Gohman

February 15, 2023

So, what is a Piano Puzzler, you might ask? Well, it's a familiar tune that Bruce Adolphe has re-written in the style of a classical composer. See if you can name the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. Join us for this week’s Piano Puzzler on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Benjamin Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 Movement 4 Lullaby
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin | Gloria Chien, piano
Album: Music@Menlo Live

Ludwig van Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F Major, Op. 17
Radovan Vlatkovic, horn | Gloria Chien, piano
Chamber Music Northwest, The Old Church Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Brandon Martin calling from Minneapolis, MN

Steven Stucky: Chamber Concerto
Taipei Music Academy Festival Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Taipei Music Academy and Festival, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA

Hour 2

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Suite from Platee: Movement 1 Ouverture
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra | Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Album: Rameau: Platee & Dardanus Suite
Conifer 51313

Jean-Philippe Rameau, arr: Kara LaMoure: Pastoral Suite
Interlochen Presents, Cheboygan Opera House, Cheboygan, MI

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 42 in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2
Schumann Quartet
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

William Grant Still: Dismal Swamp
Frank Corliss, piano | The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College and The Orchestra Now, Sosnoff Theatre at The Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY