Poster Fred Child and Bruce Adolphe
Fred Child & Bruce Adolphe
Photo: Jon Gohman
Performance Today®

Bruce Adolphe and the Piano Puzzler

Composer Bruce Adolphe joins us weekly 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

Antonin Dvorak: Trio in E Minor, Op. 90 "Dumky": Movement 6 Lento maestoso - Vivace
Weilerstein Trio
Album: Dvorak Trios
Koch 7657

Cristina Spinei: Spiral
Alessandra Volpi Jenson, piano | Kaitlin Raitz, cello | Alicia Enstrom, violin
American Public Media - YCMPR Diversity Recording Project

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: John Mundy calling from Wabasha, MN

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Alisa Weilerstein, cello | Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Rafael Payare, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Hour 2

Richard Strauss: Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Eivind Aadland, conductor
Album: Storyteller
EMI 88328

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28
Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra | Sebastian Zinca, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Pieces de clavessin, from Suite in A minor
Elliot Figg, harpsichord
Lakes Area Music Festival, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, MN

Bedrich Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Texas Festival Orchestra | Michelle Merrill, conductor
Round Top Music Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

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American Public Media’s Performance Today® is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including at 1 p.m. central weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. More information about our stations can be found at APM Distribution.

Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

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