Friday, January 24, 2014

Montage #140 – Theme and Variations: The Piano Edition


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https://archive.org/details/pcast140



pcast140-Playlist.pdf

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For the last two posts of our 5-week long look at Themes and Variations, I will put together montages that exemplify the T & V formula in works for orchestra (next week) and for the piano. Piano variations are probably one of the most common and popular form of piece in the piano repertoire, and our look at Beethoven a couple of weeks ago gave us a taste.

The first work in today’s montage is a Schubert set of variations for two pianos – a genre we explored already on the aforementioned montage, as well as in one of our Brahms podcasts from a year ago with his Haydn variations.

Speaking of Brahms – and Chopin – they were already featured in piano variations already in our series, but they return with more from their respective catalogs. The modern touch of Anton Webern contrasts quite well with the romantic style of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky in their respective contributions to the genre, which round up our montage.

More past examples of piano variations from our podcast vault include works by Bizet , Schumann  and Vladimir Horowitz.


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