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Quiz #19 Envelope Please

June 7th, 2008
Five foot French windows overlooking the city centre are lovely except that when they were installed 150 years ago, there was no such thing as an air conditioner. Now that air conditioners are everywhere, there is no such thing as five foot French windows. Circle. Square. Muggy summer in Southern Ontario started yesterday and it is all Miss Mussel can do to keep hydrated and pray for a breeze. One small bonus is that since there aren’t any screens and all the windows are flung wide open, it is possible to work on a tan while watching television. amsterdam-baroque-brandenburg.jpg The mystery piece this week, which admittedly wasn’t that much of a mystery, was the third Brandenburg Concerto by JS Bach BWV 1048 composed sometime before 1721. As near as Miss Mussel can make out, this is a re-issue of a 1984 recording originally issued on Erato. Provenance aside, it’s quite a good recording with loads of shading, character and fancy Baroque stylings. It’s not available through Arkiv, so you’ll have to head to the jungle to make it part of your library. Even though the US dollar seems to be going the way of the ruble, £5 won’t put too big a dent in your wallet. If £5 is a dealbreaker or you just can’t wait for the mail, Reader Roger informs us that there is a free, legally downloadable set available from Czech radio. The Winner: The name that emerged first from the OM Seed Corn Hat was Maurizio Ricci. The Prize: $20 credit at Arkiv or a chance to choose the mystery piece for an upcoming quiz. To solve the clues: The six Brandenburg Concertos are concerti grossi, which means there are several soloists that sit in the orchestra. Their parts are not just obligatti, since the soloists are responsible for melodic material, rather than over-the-top decoration. The catalogue number – BWV 1048 – is the same as the year of Oslo’s founding or thereabouts. That fount of all knowledge Wikipedia is less than clear on this. The structure of architectural and historical significance that shares a name with the Concerto is, of course, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Thanks to all that participated this week. There’s real cracker coming on Monday for the 20th quiz chosen by the winner of Quiz #17 Michael Monroe. As an advance for weekend readers, buy a violinist friend a drink tomorrow and you’ll have a favour to call in when you need it.

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