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The Art Of Construction

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: necessity is the mother of construction

In 1857, with the first two operas of a larger cycle completed, the composer left our teaser partway through Act II, and did not return to his hero until 1869, more than a decade later. In the meantime, this composer wrote two operas not related to the larger cycle. During this time, his marriage fell apart, he was kicked out of Vienna for debt, and he acquired his most influential patron, King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 "Hammerklavier"
Alfred Brendel — Piano Sonatas 27-28-29 (MUSICAL CONCEPTS, 2011)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 "Hammerklavier"
Alfred Brendel — Piano Sonatas 27-28-29 (MUSICAL CONCEPTS, 2011)
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Benjamin Britten: Act I, Final Scene
Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble/Steuart Bedford — The Turn of the Screw (Naxos, 2004)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c-sharp minor
Keith Jarrett, harpsichord — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 (ECM, 1991)
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Jacques Offenbach: "The Birds in the Bower"
Eva Lind, s/Radio Chorus Leipzig/Dresden State Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate — The Tales of Hoffmann (Philips, 1992)
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Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite from "The Bolt": Tango
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly — The Dance Album (Decca, 1997)
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John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Selections
Steffen Schleiermacher — Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 (MD&G Records, 1997)
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Wynton Marsalis: Highrise Riff
Wynton Marsalis Septet — Citi Movement (Sony, 1993)
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Paul Simon: Bridge over Troubled Water
Art Garfunkel — Bridge over Troubled Water (Sony, 2001)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Act II, Finale
Scottish Chamber Orch and Chorus/Sir Charles Mackerras — The Magic Flute (Telarc, 1991)
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Giuseppe Verdi (arranged by Jerry Gray): Anvil Chorus (Parts I and II)
Glenn Miller Orchestra — Essential Glenn Miller (RCA, 1995)
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Richard Wagner: Forging Song
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan — Siegfried (Dg Imports, 2008)
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Carlos Chavez: Fragment from the ballet "Pyramid"
Contemporary Vocal Ens of Indiana University
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Colin Hay; Ron Strykert: Down Under
Men at Work — Contraband: Best of Men at Work (Sony, 1996)
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