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Bryce Dessner Bryce Dessner's St. Carolyn by the Sea
For PT's weekly musical focus on 21st century music, Fred Child talked with composer Bryce Dessner of indie-rock band The National. More >>

Pianist Jenny Lin In studio with Jenny Lin
Pianist Jenny Lin joined Fred in the studio to play showtune favorites. More >>

Steve Vogel's The history of the Star-Spangled Banner
The Star-Spangled Banner was written 200 years ago this September. Journalist and author Steve Vogel joins Fred in the studio to discuss how and why our national anthem came to be. More >>

The Parker Quartet In studio with the Parker Quartet
The Parker Quartet performs music by Erwin Schulhoff, and talks with Fred about why they're looking at the future through crimson-tinted glasses. More >>



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The Piano Puzzler

Each week on our Piano Puzzler, composer Bruce Adolphe re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. We then get one of our listeners on the phone to try to guess the tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. Play along with our Piano Puzzler, on Wednesday's Performance Today.

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Fred Child is the host of Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America.



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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