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All You Can Eat!

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: Your goose is cooked!

This composer loved food as much, or maybe even more, than he loved music. In one letter, he raced through a description of the opening of a new opera, so that he could write about a new salad recipe. His favorite dishes were turkey stuffed with truffles and most anything with foie gras, but he enjoyed fine cuisine of all kinds. He even had many different dishes named after him! An aria from one of his operas has been nicknamed the “rice” aria because the composer supposedly composed while waiting for his risotto to cook. For the premiere of another opera, he had apple tart prepared, topped with an apple pierced by a sugar arrow.

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Robert Schumann: Carnaval: Selections
Mitsuko Uchida, piano — Schumann: Carnaval; Kreisleriana (Philips, 2007)
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Robert Schumann: Carnaval: Selections
Mitsuko Uchida, piano — Schumann: Carnaval; Kreisleriana (Philips, 2007)
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Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture
Chicago Symphony/Daniel Barenboim — Overtures & Preludes (Elektra / Wea, 1996)
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Erik Satie: Three pieces in the form of a pear
Duo Campion-Vachon — Complete Works for Piano Four Hands (Analekta, 2007)
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Stephen Sondheimq: A little priest
Angela Lansbury/Len Cariou — Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (RCA, 2007)
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Henry Purcell: If music be the food of love
Sally Sanford/Brent Wissick/Raymond Erickson — From Rosy Bow'rs (Albany Records, 1995)
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony 4: Comfortably
Atlanta Symphony/Frederica von Stade/Yoel Levi — Symphony No. 4; Songs of a Wayfarer (Telarc, 1999)
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Johann Strauss Jr: Vienna Bon-Bons
Vienna Philharmonic — The Best of Vienna (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Gia la mensa preperata
Bo Skovhus/Allessandro Corbelli/Scottish Chamber Orch — Don Giovanni (Telarc, 2008)
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Scott Joplin: Pineapple Rag/Gladiolus Rag
Joshua Rifkin, piano — Piano rags (Nonesuch, 1990)
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Camille Saint-Saëns: Wedding Cake Waltz Caprice
Jean-Philippe Collard, piano/Royal Philharmonic Orch/André Previn — Piano Concertos 1-5; Wedding Cake Caprice-Valse (EMI Classics, 2005)
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Gioacchino Rossini: Barber of Seville: Overture
Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner — Complete Overtures (Umvd Labels, 2003)
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Valerie Capers: Taste of bass; Blues for the duke
Leanne Rees — Crosswinds: Classical & Jazz (Fleur De Son, 2006)
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Little Richard: Tutti frutti
Little Richard — Very Best Of Little Richard (Specialty, 2008)
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