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Themes And Variations

"Joseph Haydn Playing Quartets."
StaatsMuseum, Vienna.
"Joseph Haydn Playing Quartets." Painted by an anonymous artist.

This episode focuses on masterpieces of variations on themes, one of the oldest and most popular musical forms. We will hear Brahms' brilliant and creative variations on themes by Handel and Haydn, plus a piano piece by Haydn himself.

Compositions and Recordings

Variations in Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, Johannes Brahms (orchestrated by Edmund Rubbra)
Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra

Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Johannes Brahms
Georg Sulti, Chicago Symphony

Variations in E Flat Major, Franz Joseph Haydn
Pianist Martin Galling

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
Leah Sosland is an intern for 91.9 Classical KC.