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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It features two instruments in one!

This composer wrote over 100 pieces featuring this instrument. That’s because it was his employer’s instrument of choice. It seems that his patron wasn’t so good at it. The most adept players would have been able to play a melody and accompany themselves at the same time, but this composer kept it simple to keep the benefactor happy.

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven: Wellington's Victory
London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, cond. — Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture; Capriccio Italien; Beethoven: Wellington's Victory (Philips, 1995)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Wellington's Victory
London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, cond. — Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture; Capriccio Italien; Beethoven: Wellington's Victory (Philips, 1995)
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Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique: Dream of a Witches Sabbath
Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Philips, 1993)
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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Mystery Sonatas: No 3 "The Nativity"
John Holloway, violin/Tragicomedia/Davitt Moroney, cond. — Biber: The Mystery Sonatas (Virgin Records Us, 1990)
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Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Mad Scene
Andrea Rost, soprano/The Hanover Band/Sir Charles Mackerras, cond. — Lucia di Lammermoor (Sony, 1998)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk II: Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor
Vladimir Feltsman, piano — The Well-Tempered Clavier (Music Masters Jazz, 1993)
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George Antheil: Ballet Mechanique
Mendelssohn String Quartet/New Palais Royal Orchestra & Percussion Ensemble/Maurice Peress, cond. — Antheil's Ballet Mecanique (Music Masters Jazz, 1994)
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Poytr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Berceuse
Clara Rockmore, theremin/Nadia Reisenberg, piano — The Art Of The Theremin (Delos Records, 1992)
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Alexander Scriabin: Prometheus: The Poem of Fire Excerpt
Anatol Ugorski, piano/Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Boulez, cond. — Scriabin: Poeme De L'extase / Piano Concerto / Promethee (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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Gustav Mahler: The Sorrowful Song: The Minstrel
Soloists/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. — Mahler: Das klagende Lied (RCA, 1997)
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Edgar Varese: Poeme Electronique: Excerpt
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly, cond. — Varèse: The Complete Works (London / Decca , 1998)
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Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony: The Joy of the Blood of Stars
Berlin Philharmonic/Kent Nagano, cond. — Messiaen: Turangalîla - Symphonie (Teldec, 2001)
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Malcolm Arnold: A Grand, Grand Festival Overture
BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba, cond. — Malcolm Arnold: Overtures (Chandos, 2005)
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Trey Anastasio/Tom Marshall/Mark Wright: Lawn Boy; I Didn't Know
Phish — Lawn Boy (Elektra / Wea , 1992)
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