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Father and Son

It’s one of this young prodigy’s “crowning” achievements.

The story behind this virtuoso composer and his auspicious beginnings has been the source of fact AND rumor since his own time. It was one of history’s first “stage parent” situations. With a little encouragement from his father, this little tyke started his performing and writing before many of his peers were speaking in complete sentences. Later he would compose this piece and act as the soloist for its first performance. And as a result, the left-hand part is largely missing, presumably to be filled in by himself as he performed the work.

Music Heard On This Episode

Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899): Pizzicato Polka
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt — Vienna Celebrates Johann Strauss Jr. (Elektra / Wea, 1999)
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Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899): Pizzicato Polka
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt — Vienna Celebrates Johann Strauss Jr. (Elektra / Wea, 1999)
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Francis Poulenc: Four Motets for Lent
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers — Poulenc: Chansons françaises (EMI Europe Generic, 2001)
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Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782): Symphonie Concertante in D: Tempo di Minuetto
The Hanover Band/Anthony Halstead — Johann Christian Bach: Complete Symphonies Concertantes (Cpo Records, 2007)
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John Lennon and Paul McCartney: Hey Jude
The Beatles — Abbey Road (EMI, 1969)
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Igor Stravinsky : Octet for Wind Instruments: Sinfonia and Finale
London Sinfonietta/ Esa-Pekka Salonen — The Essential Igor Stravinsky (Sony, 2003)
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Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata for keyboard in B flat major
Seymour Hayden — Domenico Scarlatti: Thirteen Sonatas (Boston Skyline)
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Philip Glass: Songs from Liquid Days:Lightning
Crouch End Festival Chorus/The National Sinfonia/David Temple — Glass: Songs from Liquid Days; Vessels from Koyaanisqatsi; Three Songs (Silva America, 2000)
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Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
Tom Lehrer — Songs & More Songs by Tom Lehrer (Rhino / Wea, 1997)
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Hector Berlioz: Damnation of Faust: Hungarian March
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray — Symphonie Fantastique (Philips, 2005)
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Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886): Capriccio
Berlin Symphony Orchestra/Claus Peter Flor/Burkhard Glaetzner — Romantic Oboe Concertos (Capriccio, 2002)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1750-1791): PIANO CONCERTO NO. 26 IN D, K. 537. “Coronation”: Allegro
Alicia de Larrocha, p.; Colin Davis/English Chamber Orchestra — Mozart: Concerto No. 22, K482; Concerto No. 26, K537 (RCA, 1994)
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Siegfried Wagner: Der Kobold (The Goblin): Prelude to Act III
Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Werner Andreas Albert — Siegfried Wagner: Complete Orchestral Works (Cpo Records, 2000)
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Jakob Dylan: One Headlight
The Wallflowers — Bringing Down the Horse (Interscope Records, 1996)
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