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Thursday Thunderdome: Battle Of The Romantics

Two men, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, both born on May 7, both write a violin concerto in D major in 1878. Now you decide whose concerto triumphs in the Thunderdome.

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Two violin concertos decide the outcome of this epic match-up.

Two titans of the Romantic period share May 7 as a birthday, and this week we’re pitting the birthday boys, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), against each other in the Thunderdome.

But how do you level the playing surface between these icons?

To find common ground, we had to go to back to 1878. That year, both Brahms and Tchaikovsky wrote what would be their only violin concerto, both in D major.

Now we’re asking you to decide the victor. The winner will be heard on Thursday at 11am and 7pm during our classical music programming. Voting ends at midnight on May 4.

For your consideration, Janine Jansen performs the final movement of both concertos.

Brahms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c0Veh130NE

Tchaikovsky

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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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