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Fortepianist Perfoms Baroque Music on Period Keyboard

Kristian Bezuidenhout in Studio on Performance Today

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Kristian Bezuidenhout joins Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's Studio 4A to perfom on the fortepiano. He's also trying to convince Child that the baroque keyboard is often "better" than a modern piano when it comes to interpreting period music.

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Bezuidenhout, a 24-year-old musician from South Africa who plays both fortepiano and modern piano, prefers the fortepiano whenever he's playing music from the 18th century. He feels that for all instruments, design is a funcion of the cultural and musical aesthetic of period composers.

During his visit to NPR, Bezuidenhout played a sonata in E-minor by CPE Bach followed by Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 10, No. 3. He performed on a handmade fortepiano built by Thomas and Barbara Wolf in 1992.