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Unfinished Business

The topic of this week's episode (8/25 and 8/26) of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is Unfinished Business, referring to compositions that were not quite finished, or those that exist only in fragmentary form.

"This topic always has fascinated me," says Between the Keys' creator, producer and host Jed Distler, the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence. "I'm also intrigued by off-the-cuff performances that stop in midair, so to speak, or recordings that only partially exist because the engineer ran out of tape, or the performer died. So I thought that the subject of unfinished business would make an interesting episode. At least I hope so!"

Among the selections featured on the program are a surviving movement from a Suite that Mozart intended to complete, a Schubert Sonata movement that breaks off in the middle, Bach’s unfinished final piece from The Art of Fugue, fragmentary works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Vladimir Horowitz playing two-thirds of Mendelssohn’s Spinning Song, jazz legend Bill Evans reading through part of a Bach fugue, and William Kapell's studio recording of the exposition from Mozart's Sonata in C Major K. 330.

Tune in this Friday afternoon at 3 and for the rebroadcast Saturday evening at 6 for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org

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Jed Distler is Artist-in-Residence for The Classical Network and program host of Between the Keys, Tuesdays at 10 pm.