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The week's featured recording: (7/20)

Little organ fugue
by J. S. Bach

Pianonoise Radio:
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 frolic edition

Called "little" simply because Bach wrote another fugue in g minor which is twice as long and thrice as complicated, this diminutive fugue is nevertheless a masterpiece of genial fugosity. It has a tuneful theme, whistle-able episodes, is beautifully constructed with an architecturally superlative climax, and is just generally a pleasant piece to have around. I played it as a teenager, then, discovering it again recently, find myself playing it again and again. It is a great little fugue.
This week on the blog:    FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

The Salieri Syndrome

Poor Antonio. He gets to be the poster child for also-rans everywhere. And blamed for a crime he did not commit, to boot. 


We save a special scorn for the losers of the championship games. The ones who never got there in the first place, or who can't manage to win as many games as they lose, we don't concern ourselves with. But we want to make sure the ones who challenge for the title feel our wrath, even if we have to torch Icaraus' wings ourselves.

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"classic" blog: from May 8, 2013

The Case of the Missing Measures
This one is for composers.

Iím getting ready to post an early sonata by Haydn. This is from the finale of the Sonata no. 6, or no. 13, depending on which catalog numbering system you are using.

Hereís the question: what is the difference between this phrase and this one?

I know, itís me picking on a tiny detail again. Still, I find it fascinating, and if that makes me a geek, so be it. Frankly, I think it is also why we are listening to Haydn after a couple of hundred years.

You noticed it too, right?

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Civil War

(you are an idiot. I mean that in the nicest way possible.)
When Is a Piano not a piano?  

How most of our greatest pianist-composers didn't know how to write for their instrument, according to some of our mediocre academicians.

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