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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
The repeating elements of a fugue are there to see--and hear
The word originally meant “to chase”—and that’s pretty much what happens, as one voice or melodic line follows another with the same tune, before launching into variations that often go in very unexpected directions.
It's called a “fugue” and while its heyday was the 17th and 18th centuries, as we’ll hear in the next hour, it has continued in use right up to the present day—and often in surprising ways.
In this hour, a fugal festival, with music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Gershwin, Hovhaness, and Villa Lobos.
RCA Red Seal 09026-68538-2
Children’s Favorite Songs. Vol. 1
Walt Disney Records (LP) 2505
Glenn Gould Silver Jubilee Album [for “So You Want to Write a Fugue”]
Bach: L’Art de la Fugue
Solstice SOCD 147
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol. II
Sony/CBS Masterworks M3K 42266
Handel: Israel in Egypt
Philips 446 657 2
Linn CKD 285
Haydn: The Creation
Archiv Produktion 00289 477 7361
Haydn: 12 London Symphonies
Deutsche Grammophon DGG 546 150-3
Deutsche Grammophon DGG 419 610-2
Beethoven: Grosse Fugue
Deutsche Grammophon DGG 415 867-2
Beethoven: String Quartets 13 &14
Deutsche Grammophon DGG B000120602
The Complete Gershwin
Vox CDX 5007
Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain'
September 23, 2023
September 16, 2023
August 26, 2023