Throwback Thursday 11/9/2023 Thursday Music Trivia – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 #throwbackthursday

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November 9, 1964 – Victor Borge’s “Comedy in Music – Opus 2” opened at John Golden Theatre in New York City and ran for 192 performances.

Victor Borge was an important part of my childhood family entertainment memories. He was not only a piano wizard, he was a comedian. His comedy routine of ‘phonetic punctuation’ (reading a story aloud and including the punctuation with sounds and hand gestures) was simply delightful.

Here is one of his hilarious piano skits: Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor. I have no pianistic talent whatsoever. I can’t pluck out chopsticks or the do re mi…whatever that is. 

I’ve read that the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 is insanely difficult to play let alone play well. This wildly masterful performance by Valentina Lisitsa proves that statement to be true. She is amazing. Watch and be left as awestruck as you are speechless.

Until we meet again,

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