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Franz Schubert didn't have much time to develop his art; his career was not much more than fifteen years old at the time of his death at age 31.

The program starts with a short organ sonata by Paul Hindemith. One of the many artists to leave Nazi Germany before the war, Hindemith eventually found himself in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was professor of harmony at Yale. He knew a thing or two about deft tonal shifts, as his organ writing well demonstrates. And those who like their organ music "spooky" will not be disappointed

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The program begins with chamber music by 20th-century Spanish composer Joaquin Turina. He was one of the last to compose in the Romantic style that dominated European music in the 19th century, and because he did not go where such composers as Debussy and Ravel and Stravinsky and Schonberg went, he is little remembered today. His music is still well worth listening to, however.

The late 1920s represented the height of artistic freedom in Germany -- after World War I and the inflation crisis, and before Hitler, the Third Reich and the Second World War. Playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill teamed up in 1928 to produce The Threepenny Opera, a musical set among the characters of the Weimar Republic underworld.

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