Poster Bruce Adolphe & Fred Child
Bruce Adolphe & Fred Child in the studio
Photo: Jon Gohman
Performance Today®

The Piano Puzzler

Every week, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for a musical game: the Piano Puzzler. Bruce re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a great composer, and 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!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jerry Bock, arr. Oran Eldor: The Dream from Fiddler on the Roof
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin | Stephen Benson, mandolin | Joshua Camp, accordion | Michael Blanco, bass
Album: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
Broadway Records 09217

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
Minnesota Orchestra | Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Anne Nelson calling from Portland, ME

Jessie Montgomery: Coincident Dances
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers
Cedille 90000185

Hour 2

Somei Satoh: Bifu
Hilary Hahn, violin | Cory Smythe, piano
Album: In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores
DG 19103

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: Movement 1 Moderato
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

Valerie Coleman: Tzigane for woodwind quintet
Elizabeth Mann, flute | Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe | Anton Rist, clarinet | Michael Kroth, bassoon | Michael Thornton, horn
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado Springs, CO

Eugene Ysaye: Solo Violin Sonata No. 2 ‘Obsession’
Hilary Hahn, violin
Album: Ysaye: Six Sonatas for Violin Solo

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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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