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Bruce Adolphe and the Piano Puzzler

Fred Child & Bruce AdolphePhoto: Jon Gohman

March 29, 2023

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