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Jeremy Denk

Genius, Wit

by B.A. Nilsson October 10, 2013


  Bach’s Goldberg Variations run about the length of an early Marx Brothers movie, but conceal their humor more deftly. Like the movies, the variations are episodic, drawing from long-standing entertainment traditions, but lacing those traditions ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

Timeless Virtuosity

by B.A. Nilsson January 12, 2012


The all-time, go-to, everybody-loves-it sonata for violin and piano was written in 1886 by César Franck. Edison had patented a recording device eight years earlier, and this piece gave musicians something to record on ever ...