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In 1942, choreographer Agnes de Mille came to composer Aaron Copland with an idea: a ballet about cowboys. Copland responded by saying..."A cowboy ballet? I've already composed one of those," he said. That was called Billy the Kid. "Can't you do a ballet about Ellis Island?" Agnes de Mille said no, Aaron Copland shrugged, composition on the ballet Rodeo began and some of the most memorable music of the 20th century was written. We'll hear dances from the ballet Rodeo on Tuesday's Performance Today.
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.
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.