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Chad Lawson's latest release, The Chopin Variations, features Lawson's unique arrangements of music by Chopin, the poet of the piano. More >>

Joseph Schwantner Joseph Schwantner on honoring Dr. King
On our Martin Luther King Day show, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner discusses New Morning For The World: 'Daybreak Of Freedom,' his tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More >>

Christmas in Harvard Square Christmas in Harvard Square
Listen to our interview with leaders and singers from America's one and only choir school. Their new Christmas album was released this season. More >>

TubaChristmas Los Angeles A merry TubaChristmas
We spoke with Scott Wilkinson, who runs and directs the Los Angeles TubaChristmas celebration, a celebration for tuba players of all levels. You only need to know how to read basic music and, most importantly, bring your own tuba! More >>

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Theme and variations

It's like a game for composers: take a simple tune, then come up with as many twists on that tune as possible. It's called theme and variations, and composers have been having fun with it for centuries. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll have fun with variations by Rachmaninoff, Bach, Bernstein, and Haydn.

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The Piano Puzzler®

Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.

Piano Puzzlers Sheet Music

Impress your friends at your next party or gathering! Piano Puzzlers gathers together the sheet music to 32 of the best piano puzzlers so that you can be the toast of your next party or gathering. The puzzlers serves as a great icebreaker for any occasion to get the conversation rolling.

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