Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
It is one of the most popular of classical works--available in dozens of recorded versions--but “Albinoni’s Adagio” was not written by Albinoni.
The theme in Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn is most likely not by Haydn, and the famous Toccata and Fugue in D may or may not be Bach’s.
Stravinsky based a ballet on themes of 18th century composer Giovanni Pergolesi—but as it turns out, half of them were by other composers.
And the enthralling high notes of Allegri's legendary Miserere apparently are the result of an error by a 19th century copyist.
In this hour, these and other ‘loose’ connections of the classical music repertoire--some the result of carelessness, others due to honest mistakes—and a few cases of outright fabrication.
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