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Friday, October 18, 2013

Something for Thursday (Friday edition)

Whoops. Sorry, folks. Here's some very famous Rachmaninov, the Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra on a Theme of Paganini. (The work's most famous section, the 18th Variation, comes at the 15:28 mark, for those curious.)

The Paganini tune that forms the backbone of this work has inspired a lot of composers over the last 150+ years. We played a fascinating different set of variations on the same theme in the concert band when I was in college...but few settings beat Rachmaninov's.

Anyway, enjoy and have a fine weekend! Maybe I'll even have some -- gasp! -- new content at some point!

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