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Richter's 'Recomposed' Vivaldi to be at Music Academy of the West
Richter's 'Recomposed' Vivaldi to be at Music Academy of the West

What is known as a cover in pop music -- a composer and/or performer making a song his or her own -- is ancient history in classical music. In medieval and Renaissance times, the chant tune on which masses were built was commonly a cover of a standard issue cantus firmus. In the Baroque, Bach rewrote Vivaldi. Later Mozart rewrote Handel. Mendelssohn did it to Bach, as Liszt did to Mozart and many others. Mahler “improved” Beethoven; Stravinsky redid Pergolesi; Schoenberg orchestrated Brahms, likewise Ravel with Mussorgsky. Even Cage covered the Beatles, and Brian Eno can be found doing his thing on a recent CD titled “wagner transformed.”  All of which means...

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