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August 10, 2012

Teacher and Student

Teacher and pupil both had wicked senses of humor. But the teacher always maintained a certain emotional distance in his music, more comedy and less pathos. It was the student who ventured into darker emotional corners. In today's show, a work by the student, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His String Quartet No. 15 is almost unrelentingly dark. Mozart dedicated the work to his teacher, the sunny, funny Joseph Haydn.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    March No. 1 in D, K. 335
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Jennifer Higdon
    Stomp, from Short Stories
    The Ancia Saxophone Quartet
    Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
  • Frederic Chopin
    Polonaise No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 40, No. 2
    Barry Douglas, piano
    Parish Church, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Spain
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
    The St. Lawrence String Quartet
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Mike Block
    Mike Block, cello
    New Directions Cello Festival, Ithaca, New York

hour 2

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Third movement from Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 63
    The Beethoven Project Trio
  • James MacMillan
    Fanfare Upon One Note
    The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 (Pastoral)
    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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