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Re: Why No Ricercare?

Please send more information about what was said in the article about the
best piano and harpsichord design.

Can't wait to hear more!

Jan Littrell

At 9:57 AM -0400 4/17/99, Andrew Hrycyna wrote:
>I've been meaning to ask this question of the group for a while, but I was
>reminded by today's New York Times Magazine.  The issue is devoted to some
>Best-of-the-Last-1000 Years nominations: best invention (cultivated bean),
>best story (Scheherazade, Everyman), best love song (final trio from Der
>Rosenkavalier), best ergonomic design (piano/harpsichord/organ keyboard), etc.
>Charles Rosen gives a deliberately quirky nomination for Best Piano
>Composition (since it is rarely played on the piano): Bach's Ricercare a 6
>from "The Musical Offering."
>Which leads to my question: Am I right that Gould never recorded this
>6-voice fugue?  Why not?  Did he ever talk or write about it?
>I would nominate this piece for the Pieces-We-Wish-Gould-Had-Recorded List
>that circulated a while ago.

Janet L. Littrell, Ed.D.
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College of Education
San Diego State University
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