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That’s what Jay calls a Bach piece arranged for organ by Jean Guillou: pure joy. There is some more pure joy in this episode too—including the final movement of Brahms’s Horn Trio, which Jay plays to honor Myron Bloom, the great French-horn player who died on September 26. He also honors, at the end, Christopher Rouse, the American composer, who died on September 21. Music, said Rouse, in a statement to be issued after his passing, “has given me life and a reason for living.”
Jay also plays some Ella Fitzgerald, some Leontyne Price, and more. There is also a tale from opera lore: about Rudolf Bing and George Szell, who were too big for the same town.
Beethoven, “Pastoral” Symphony
Brahms, Horn Trio
Gershwin, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me“
Chopin, “Winter Wind” Etude
Barber, “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”
Rouse, Symphony No. 3
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