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STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE)

The Story of American Classical Music

Author: Barrymore Scherer
2 CDs with 130-page booklet:

  • 20,000-word essay
  • Timeline of historical and musical events
  • illustrated throughout with composer pictures

Includes music by MacDowell, Foote, Chadwick, Beach, Ives, Sousa, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Schuman, Barber, Cage, Bernstein, Carter, Glass, Adams and many others.

8.558164-65

Think 'American classical music' and what names spring to mind? Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein? Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa? These composers deserve their worldwide popularity. But from colonial times to our time, America's concert legacy also contains riches unfamiliar even to sophisticated music lovers. This entertaining, fact-filled Story of American Classical Music celebrates that legacy. An authoritative 130-page booklet investigates the greatest composers familiar and unfamiliar: American Romantics like Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Edward MacDowell, visionary modernists like Charles Ives and John Cage, buoyant spirits like Sousa, Joplin and Ferde Grofé, as well as figures at today's cutting edge like John Adams, Philip Glass and Michael Torke. Setting their work against America's tempestuous history, the essay is illustrated by over two hours of selected masterpieces on two CDs.



Disc 1

Fry, William Henry

  Overture to Macbeth
1.   Overture to Macbeth 00:10:37

Gottschalk, Louis Moreau

  Symphonie romantique, "A Night in the Tropics": Festa Criolla
2.   Symphonie romantique, "A Night in the Tropics": Festa Criolla 00:06:03

MacDowell, Edward

  Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23: IV. Largo - Molto allegro
3.   Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23: IV. Largo - Molto allegro 00:07:36

Foote, Arthur

  Piano Quartet in C Major, Op. 23: I. Allegro comodo
4.   Piano Quartet in C Major, Op. 23: I. Allegro comodo 00:06:42

Chadwick, George Whitefield

  Angel of Death
5.   Angel of Death 00:13:30

Hadley, Henry

  Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 64: III. South (Allegretto giocoso)
6.   Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 64: III. South (Allegretto giocoso) 00:06:39

Beach, Amy

  Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45: III. Largo
7.   Piano Concerto in C - Sharp Minor, Op. 45: III. Largo 00:05:21

Griffes, Charles Tomlinson

  3 Preludes: Prelude No. 2
8.   3 Preludes: Prelude No. 2 00:01:00

Cadman, Charles Wakefield
Yost, Gaylord, arranger(s)

  4 American Indian Songs, Op.45: No. 1. From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water (arr. G. Yost)
9.   4 American Indian Songs, Op.45: No. 1. From the Land of the Sky - Blue Water (arr. G. Yost) 00:02:31

Ives, Charles

  Symphony No. 2: IV. Lento maestoso
10.   Symphony No. 2: IV. Lento maestoso 00:02:23
  The Unanswered Question
11.   The Unanswered Question 00:04:37
  Country Band March
12.   Country Band March 00:04:15

Sousa, John Philip

  King Cotton
13.   King Cotton 00:02:55

Joplin, Scott

  Maple Leaf Rag
14.   Maple Leaf Rag 00:03:10


Disc 2

Gershwin, George

  Cuban Overture
1.   Cuban Overture 00:10:40

Antheil, George

  Symphony for Five Instruments: III. Presto
2.   Symphony for Five Instruments: III. Presto 00:02:28

Piston, Walter

  The Incredible Flutist: Spanish Waltz
3.   The Incredible Flutist: Spanish Waltz 00:01:04

Copland, Aaron

  Billy the Kid, Suite: Finale
4.   Billy the Kid, Suite: Finale 00:03:22

Confrey, Zez

  Kitten on the Keys
5.   Kitten on the Keys 00:02:31

Schuman, William

  New England Triptych: III. Chester
6.   New England Triptych: III. Chester 00:03:16

Barber, Samuel
Agee, James, lyricist(s)

  Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24: Orchestral Introduction - It has become that time of evening
7.   Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24: Orchestral Introduction - It has become that time of evening 00:03:40

Cage, John

  Totem Ancestor
8.   Totem Ancestor 00:02:03

Bernstein, Leonard
Sondheim, Stephen, lyricist(s)

  West Side Story, Act I: Tonight
9.   West Side Story, Act I: Tonight 00:03:54

Schuller, Gunther

  Piano Trio: III. With Swing
10.   Piano Trio: III. With Swing 00:03:25

Hovhaness, Alan

  Symphony No. 22, Op. 236, "City of Light": II. Angel of Light (Largo)
11.   Symphony No. 22, Op. 236, "City of Light": II. Angel of Light (Largo) 00:03:53

Carter, Elliott

  Piano Concerto: Movement I
12.   Piano Concerto: Movement I 00:10:52

Rochberg, George

  Violin Concerto (original version): Introduction
13.   Violin Concerto (original version): Introduction 00:06:51

Glass, Philip

  Violin Concerto: Movement III
14.   Violin Concerto: Movement III 00:09:25

Adams, John

  Short Ride in a Fast Machine
15.   Short Ride in a Fast Machine 00:04:05

Torke, Michael

  Percussion Concerto, "Rapture": III. Metals (excerpt)
16.   Percussion Concerto, "Rapture": III. Metals (excerpt) 00:06:29

Total Playing Time: 02:35:17






Composer(s):
Torke, Michael

Conductor(s):
Alsop, Marin

Orchestra(s):
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Artist(s):
Currie, Colin

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Chamber Music; Concertos; Instrumental; Musicals; Orchestral; Vocal; Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558164-65

Barcode: 636943816424

Physical Release: 06/2005

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