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Iain Gale on exhibitions

Once again, this weekend the Royal Academy plays host to the London Original Print Fair. In the eleventh year of its existence, the fair continues to justify its reputation as being more than the usual dealer's bazaar that so often characterises such events. It may be a commercial enterprise, but underneath this is very much a serious and scholarly affair. Since its inception in 1985, the fair has become a key event for print collectors, as it has for the curators of the world's most important public galleries. The level of scholarship it now attracts is clearly reflected in the erudition with which exhibitors put together their displays.

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Sibelius scores with the keyboard composers

Ben and Jonathan Finn were only looking for a shortcut to a music O-level exercise when they set out on the route to becoming millionaires. Their task was to take a melody line and write a harmony for it in the style of JS Bach. They decided to write a computer program to do the task. These attempts, and other computerised musical experiments, were to sow the seeds of a highly profitable software package.


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Metamorphosis was Poussin's great theme: change for the better or worse, but always change. Poussin confronts change like a man still so moved by it, so deeply affected by its inevitability, that he can hardly bear to face it.

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Courtney Pine (below) continues to redefine New British Jazz. His bewitching sax playing, blended with his acoustic quartet, can be heard at Glasgow City Hall on Thursday and at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh on Friday.

ART / Choice

Painting, in its infinite variety, provides the theme for the first of the year's important exhibitions. In London, the Royal Academy hosts only the second chance ever to view the major paintings of Nicolas Poussin in one place (see feature, above). Further fascination for the power of paint is evident in the work of Sigmar Polke, whose relentless questioning of the nature of painting can at last be experienced by a British audience at the Tate Liverpool. This retrospective presents a range of work, from his neo-Pop paintings of the 1960s to his recent experiments with toxic substances and transparent "canvases".

ART / Musing on Poussin

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