Thursday, January 22, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

This has been undoubtely the most celebrated Presidential Inaugaration in the History of the United States. It has been a joyous celebration and I shall try to match that with music.
For beginners let us start with the music of Aaron Copland. First, the Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by An Outdoor Overture. One of the most joyous pieces of liturgical music is the "Gloria" and here is the Gloria as set by Francis Poulenc. Much has been said today about the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, Duke Ellington had a dream also and here is his dream: "A New World a-Comin'."
Back to the business of music, here is the Symphony No. 2 of the American Composer Walter Piston. The hour is finished out by two dances from Copland's "Rodeo." Paul Hindemith's "Trauermusik" starts the second half off followed by the Symphony No. 38, K. 504 - the "Prague" symphony. Saint-Saens is always a welcome addition to any program and here is his cello concerto No. 1 performed by a young Yo-Yo Ma.
Two favorite pieces finish out the program - Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphoses on a Theme by Carl Maria von Weber and then, just because it was out -Ellington's "Harlem."

No comments: