Bach: WTC Book 2 G Major

🎼🎶 Sunday, August 15, 2021
Resuming our march through the 24 major and minor keys, we hear today the Prelude and Fugue in G major from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.
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Haydn: Farewell Symphony in F# minor

🎼🎶 Saturday, August 14, 2021
Perhaps the best-known of all F-sharp minor compositions is Haydn's "Farewell Symphony", which also has the unusual distinction of being the solution to a labor-management dispute between the Duke Esterhazy and his court musicians.
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Beethoven: piano Sonata Opus 106, Hammerklavier

🎼🎶 Friday, August 13, 2021
Among the handful of compositions in F-sharp minor is the slow movement from Beethoven's Opus 106 piano sonata, the "Hammerklavier". In seeking an adequate rendering, I came across this extraordinary performance by Yuja Wang. The slow movement starts at 11:54 but I urge you to listen to the entire work if you can.
[notes by Margaret Scialdone]
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Bach: WTC book 2- Prelude & Fugue in F sharp minor

🎼🎶 Thursday, August 12, 2021
Returning to our journey through the 24 major and minor keys, here is a calm and thoughtful performance of the Prelude and Fugue in F# minor from Book II of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. 
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Schubert: Impromptu in G flat major

🎼🎶 Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Today we move from the key of F-sharp major to G-flat major only to discover that they are in exactly the same place! Why would a composer choose one over the other?
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Chopin: Nocturne, Opus 15-2

🎼🎶 Tuesday, August 10, 2021
As the key of F# major has six sharps, most of the playing is done on the black keys of the piano. This would have been impossible before well-tempering was developed, as the notes would have been hopelessly out of tune with one another. Frédéric Chopin used F# major in composing his Opus 60 Barcarolle, and his Nocturne Opus 15, No. 2 which we hear today.
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Verdi: Va, Pensiero

🎼🎶 Sunday, August 8, 2021
Continuing in the key of F-sharp major, we have the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from Verdi’s opera, “Nabucco”. 
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Schumann: Romanze in F# Major

🎼🎶 Monday, August 9, 2021
F# major has been the cradle of many unusually beautiful compositions. In 1839 Robert Schumann wrote a set of 3 Romances as a Christmas gift for his fiancée Clara. She described the second one, in F#, as "a beautiful love duet". In fact, Schumann wrote it on three staves in order to bring out the main melodic lines of the duet, which is played mostly with the thumbs.
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Beethoven Sonata no. 24 in F# Major, Opus 78

🎼🎶 Saturday, August 7, 2021
We’ll linger here, midway in our musical journey through the well tempered system, to listen to other works written in the key of F# major by different composers. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 24 in F# major, Op. 78, à Thérèse" was dedicated to the Countess Thérèse von Brunswick.
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Bach WTC Book 2-13, Prelude & Fugue in F# Major

🎼🎶 Friday, August 6, 2021

F sharp occupies a unique position in the well-tempered musical system, dividing the C major scale exactly in half, into two equal intervals: from C to F# to the higher C defines two diminished fifths or “Lydian” intervals of three whole steps.


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