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Famous Johns

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: two Johns for the price of one...

With our modern notion of the Suffering Bohemian Artist, it is hard to imagine the thorough craftsmanship, practical ingenuity, and innate sense of artistry that had to be available on a tight schedule in the world of this composer. However, he probably had a little more time than usual to work on his first large-scale work for his post in Leipzig. This work was probably composed during the tempus clausum, periods. During these periods, which included Lent and Advent, music that combined instruments and voices was not performed in church. In fact, at the performance of this work, churchgoers would have been hearing their first concerted church music for almost forty days!

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John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
City of Birmingham Symphony — Harmonielehre / Short Ride in a Fast Machine (EMI, 1994)
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John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
City of Birmingham Symphony — Harmonielehre / Short Ride in a Fast Machine (EMI, 1994)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Catalogue Aria
Alessandro Corbelli/Scottish Chamber Orch and Chorus/Charles Mackerras — Favorite Mozart Arias (Telarc, 1999)
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John Coltrane: Mr P. C.
John Coltrane, sax/Tommy Flanagan, piano/Art Taylor, drums/Paul Chambers, bass — Giant Steps (Atlantic / Wea, 1998)
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Richard Strauss: Finale
Catherine Malfitano, s/Vienna Philharmonic — Salomé (London, 1995)
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John Cage: Music for Marcel Duchamp
Jeanne Kirstein, prepared piano — Music for Keyboard 1935-1948/The Early Years (New World, 2007)
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Kurt Weill: Surabaya Jonny: Happy End
Anne Sofie von Otter/North German Radio Symphony/John Eliot Gardiner — Speak Low: Songs by Kurt Weill (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Philip Glass: The Beast's Pledge of Faith
Philip Glass Ensemble — La Belle et la Bête (Nonesuch, 1995)
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John Dowland: Time Stands Still
Carol Hofstad-Lee, t/Philip Rukavina, lt — Songs & Dances of the Renaissance & Baroque (Lyrichord, 1995)
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John Lennon: Imagine; Oh Yoko
John Lennon — Imagine (Capitol, 2010)
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Richard Einhorn: Karitas; Fire and the Dove; Epilogue
Anonymous 4/Netherlands Radio Philharmonic — Voices Of Light (Sony, 1994)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Selections
Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner — St. John Passion (Archiv, 1986)
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Giuseppe Gazzaniga: Scene No. 24
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra/Bruno Weil — Don Giovanni (Sony Classical, 1991)
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Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode
Chuck Berry — Definitive Collection (Chess, 2006)
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