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Is the music we hear today what the composer originally intended?

Feb 8, 2017

If you remember playing the telephone game as a child, you know that the message at the end of the line is often quite different from what the original message intended.  If we apply this same concept to musical composition, how do we know that the performance we hear today is what the composer originally intended?  And how does music change over time? 

Pianist Kirill Gerstein wanted to know.  So he did his research and this week he is presenting a version of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic, based upon the 1879 version.

Read Kirill's thoughts and listen to comparative clips.