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Duquesne Concert Prelude: Edison Wax Cylinder Recording

A special treat awaits those who attend Triple Play, the Tuesday, Oct. 30, Brahms on the Bluff: The Final Four concert. A pre-concert talk by Jim Cunningham, host of WQED-FM’s Morning Show, will provide information about the personality of Johannes Brahms and the three trios for piano, cello and violin on the program.

Cunningham’s presentation also will include a recording of Brahms speaking and playing the piano. The original recording was made in December 1889 in Europe by Theo Wangemann, an agent of Thomas Edison, on an Edison Laboratories wax cylinder. The recording captures a voice, which many have thought to be that of Brahms, along with the composer performing his 1872 arrangement of the first Hungarian Dance for solo piano.

The pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall, with the concert following at 8 p.m.

Triple Play features three trios for piano, violin and cello that span 40 years—essentially Brahms’ entire creative life.

Performers include:

  • Andrés Cárdenes, violin; concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • David Allen Wehr, piano; Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair, Pappert School of Music
  • Anne Martindale Williams, cello; Pappert School of Music and principal, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A reception follows the concert.

Suggested donation is $10. Call 412.396.4632 for more information

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