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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a 2007 re-creation of the original ballet, by the Maris Liepa Charitable Foundation.
It began as a kind of warm-up exercise—as a way for musicians to get their fingers limbered up, and their instrument in tune—and in some cases, pave the way for a rousing chorale in church.
But, as is so often the case, composers soon took it in completely new directions, and its original purpose gave way to a steady stream of standalone solo and orchestral works—most of them quite different from one another.
In this hour, the prelude—from Bach to Chopin, from Liszt to Debussy, to Gershwin.
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