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Why Don't Classical Musicians Improvise?

Improvisation plays a part in almost every modern musical genre except classical music. Today on Ethercast, we learn this wasn't always the case, and why improvisation took a back seat to sheet music composing in the Romantic Era. 

Music on the show:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fuga ricercata a 6 (from the Musical Offering) 

Arr. by Anton Webern 

Performed by the Royal Concergebouw Orchestra


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Das Rheingold (opening) 

Performed by the Orchestra del Festival di Bayreuth


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite no 2. in D Minor BWV 1008

Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, cello 


You can join the Ether Game Brain Trust on Tuesday nights at 8 clock on WFIU for Ether Game. If you know your classical music trivia, you could win a free CD! 

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