Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sor and the Interval of the third

Here's a chestnut from the recitalist's library. I don't know if it still curries the favor among players as it once did, but when I was in college, everyone played this piece. Played it to death. The piece? It's the Variations on a Theme by Mozart by Fernando Sor. Yeah, the Magic Flute variations.

There was a darn good reason why this piece was played to death in the 1970's -- it's a great piece. Of course, hearing it played a few hundred thousand times by neophytes will dampen the effect. Give a listen to John Williams' version on his virtuoso variations album.



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