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May 22, 2015 The pianist covers Spanish composer Federico Mompou and American popular songwriter Alec Wilder.
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Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
July 28, 2014 One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.
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An 1838 painting of Frederic Chopin by Eugene Delacroix.
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February 28, 2010 What's not to love about Chopin? Perhaps even more than the works of Bach and Mozart, Chopin's music is almost universally admired — by pianists, by critics, and by people who know nothing about classical music. Hear some of NPR contributors' favorite performances of music by Chopin on the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.
October 30, 2008 Work is nothing more than eight hours of stress, with a lunch break in the middle. You find it's getting easier than ever to fly off the handle, even when the cause is as benign as a lack of hazelnut creamer in the coffee line. Don't reach for the Alka-Seltzer or Prozac. Instead, these five tunes will ease your toughest day on the job just fine.
February 9, 2007 The French pianist brings to the Disney Stage his nuanced and atmospheric interpretations of his countryman Maurice Ravel, one of the main figures in the musical impressionist movement. Thibaudet also puts his unique pianistic stamp on works by Robert Schumann.
December 1, 2002 Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet sets out to record the complete solo piano works of French composer Erik Satie. The first disc in the project, The Magic of Satie, is now available. The musician talks with NPR's Liane Hansen.
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