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Jul. 07 2013

This week on “Toccata.” 7/07/13

By Mark Malinowski | Posted in Host Blogs, Toccata | No Comments

I hope you can join me this Sunday at 6 on WBJC for “Toccata.”  We’ll hear a fine performance of the Organ sonata No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn, who was a virtuoso organist and wrote quite a bit of very fine music for the King of Instruments.  then we’ll Brahms’ Sonata for 2 Pianos.  It’s actually an arrangement by the composer of his great Quintet for Piano and Strings in f minor, a work that he struggled with.  He originally sketched it for a string quartet, then for a string quintet, thought about making it a string sextet, and then his friends Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann told him the work needs a piano.  Thus was born the Quintet.   Shortly after completing the work, Brahms arranged it for 2 pianos, in all likelihood so that he could play it with Clara Schumann, and it became his Op. 34b.  We’ll hear a fine performance of the Sonata for 2 Pianos by Brahms this Sunday.  I look forward to your company!

Mark Malinowski

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