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PAGE xiii: J.S. Bach, Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, around 1717-23
Note: click here to read my father W.E.R. LaFarge’s poem “Bach: 300,” written in celebration of Bach’s 300th birthday on March 21, 1985.
Example 1: Pablo Casals, playing all the suites, 1936
Example 2: Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Suite no. 1 in G major on British television, 2018
Example 3: Yo-Yo Ma plays Suite no. 6 in D major, 100 meters underground at the Large Hadron Collider, 2019:
PAGE xvi: Chopin, op. 35, 3rd movement, Marche funèbre, 1837-1840 | Vladimir Horowitz at the White House, February 26, 1978. The Funeral March begins at 14:32. The Trio begins at 17:00, and the second statement of the Funeral March begins at 20:56. Read more
PAGE xvi: Cole Porter, “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” 1944, sung by Annie Lennox
PAGE xix: Erik Satie, “Embryons desséchés,” 1913. Listen to the 2nd movement, “Of an Edriophthalma.” The quoting and improvisation on Chopin’s Funeral March begins at 2:32. At 3:36 he plays with the theme from the Trio.
PAGE xix: Duke Ellington, “Black and Tan Fantasy,” 1929
Watch the final scene. The quote from Chopin’s Funeral March begins at 14:50
PAGE xix: Cab Calloway, “The Man From Harlem,” 1932
The quote from Chopin’s Funeral March begins at 0:33
PAGE xx: Felix Arndt, “Desecration Rag Humoresque,” the quote from Chopin’s March begins at 3:45
PAGE xx: Willem Breuker Kollektief, “Oratorium,” 1975 In this brief clip the quote from Chopin’s March begins at 1:09 [© Willem Breuker Kollektief; permission pending]
PAGE xx: Chopin, Preludes op. 28, no. 20 in C minor, three examples. Read more
Example 1: Preludes Op. 28, no. 20 in C minor, played by Ivo Pogorelich
Example 2: Preludes op. 28, no. 20 in C minor, played by jazz pianist Mieczysław Kosz
Example 3: Chopin, Preludes op. 28, no. 20 in C minor, played by the Chopin Jazz Symphony Project
PAGE xx: Chopin, Funeral March from op. 35 sonata, Andrzej Jagodziński Trio. Read more
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PAGE xx: Henry Purcell, “The Queens Funerall March Sounded Before Her Chariot,” 1695
PAGE xxvi: Chopin, Funeral March from op. 35 sonata, played by the United States Military Band during John F. Kennedy’s funeral, November 25, 1963
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