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Homage

How would you like to be the subject of a composition by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky or Mozart? In many cases, the fame of the music has outlasted that of its honoree, but we’ll explore some of these heartfelt gestures and the composers who made them. Works include Handel’s Water Music and Pictures at an Exhibition.

 
Program 1

Learn for whom the music is written. We begin with Beethoven, who composes his infatuation for a beautiful woman, and betrayal by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Bill presents an example of homage to Beethoven's music itself by altering the C-sharp minor triad heard in Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to something similar to The Beatles's "Because."

Beethoven: Sonata Op. 27, No. 2, Moonlight
G. Ohlsson, p
Arab 6677
16:30
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Beethoven: Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 97, Archduke (excerpt)
KLR Trio
Arab 6758
7:10
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica, I + II (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 429036
13:27
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Mozart: The Magic Flute (excerpt)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus/Mackerras; Jerry Hadley, ten.
Telarc 80302
:11
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Beethoven: Egmont Overture
CSO/Solti
Decca 430087
8:11
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Lennon/McCartney: “Because”
The Beatles
Capitol 46446
1:00
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Program 2

Composers often inspire one another and that music is what Bill plays for us. Mozart refers to his quartets as sons that he sends to Haydn for proper guidance. After Tchaikovsky informs Anton Arensky of his appreciation for Arensky's opera, Arensky expresses his gratitude for the elder talent's respect by arriving at his doorstep.

Mozart: Quartet for Strings No. 19 in C major, Dissonance
Julliard String Quartet
Testament 1372
10:51
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Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart (excerpts)
New York Phil/Masur
Teldec 74007
10:42
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Tchaikovsky: Suite for Orchestra, Mozartiana
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/Marriner
Cap 51012
9:07
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Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
St. Petersburg Camerata/Saulius Sondeckis
Sony 58976
14:19
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Ravel: Minuet on the name ‘Haydn’
Margaret Fingerhut, p.
Chan 8578
2:01
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Program 3

Bill opens with Mussorgsky's celebratory piece in memory of Viktor Hartman which illustrates an entire exhibit of Hartman’s paintings. Stravinsky plucks violin and flute lines from his idol, Tchaikovsky in Fairy's Kiss. But he is not Stravinsky's only idol; the budding composer sent his former teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, the piece he wrote for his daughter’s wedding, but due to the death of Rimsky-Korsakov it was never delivered.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpts)
Ivo Pogorelich, p.
DG 437667
14:45
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
LSO/Dorati
Merc 339136
15:09
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Stravinsky: Fireworks
St. Petersburg Phil/Ashkenazy
Decca 448812
3:37
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Stravinsky: Fairy’s Kiss (excerpts)
La Scala Phil/Muti
Sony 58949
8:58, 3:36
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Program 4

George I had a passion for boating and for allowing others to join in the breezy beauty. When Handel joined the barge party, he was inspired to write Water Music, specifically meant to sound as though set in the outdoors. Hindemith wrote Trauermusik in six hours and dedicated it to the late George V of England. We close with William Walton’s piece for the coronation of George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth. 

Handel: Water Music (excerpt)
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Teldec 93668
9:45
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Hindemith: Trauermusik
San Francisco/Blomstedt
Decca 000201102
8:39
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Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
EMI 86095
12:35
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Walton: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith (excerpt)
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Sony 62753
8:14
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Walton: Crown Imperial
RPO/Previn
Telarc 80125
6:22
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Program 5

Anton Bruckner honors the memory of one of his greatest idols, Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms honors that of Robert Schumann. Luciano Berio illustrates the memory of Stravinsky and a woman named Tatiana Globokar with two duets for violin. We end with a waltz written by Johann Strauss for the Emperor. 

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, I
Berlin/Karajan
DG 439037
23:10
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Berio: Duets for two violins (excerpts)
Various Artists
1:13
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, II
CSO/Reiner; A. Rubenstein, p.
RCA 63064
13:15
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J. Strauss II: Emperor Waltzes
Johann Strauss Orch. of Vienna/Boskovsky
EMI 75239
10:11
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