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COPLAND: Prairie Journal / The Red Pony Suite / Letter from Home


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COPLAND: Prairie Journal / The Red Pony Suite / Letter from Home

This Copland collection is devoted specifically to works inspired by the spacious landscape of the American prairie. The Suite for the 1948 film of John Steinbeck’s novel The Red Pony, depicts life on a ranch in California. The composer described the music as ‘folkish’, although the themes are all original. The second of Copland’s ‘cowboy ballets’, Rodeo, about the desperate attempts of a cowgirl to become a ranch cowhand, quotes a variety of American folk-tunes, and includes the irrepressible Hoe Down. Prairie Journal offers a vivid sonic evocation of life on a western range, while Letter from Home, completed during the peak of World War II, beautifully conjures the feelings of nostalgia one might experience at a far-away army camp.

Copland, Aaron

  Prairie Journal
1.   Prairie Journal 00:10:54
  Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes
2.   No. 1. Buckeroo Holiday 00:07:19
3.   No. 2. Corral Nocturne 00:03:42
4.   No. 3. Saturday Night Waltz 00:04:24
5.   No. 4. Hoe - Down 00:03:26
  Letter from Home
6.   Letter from Home 00:06:26
  The Red Pony Suite (orchestral version)
7.   I. Morning on the Ranch 00:04:27
8.   II. The Gift 00:04:31
9.   IIIa. Dream March 00:02:28
10.   IIIb Circus March 00:01:48
11.   IV. Walk to the Bunkhouse 00:02:57
12.   V. Grandfather's Story 00:04:15
13.   VI. Happy Ending 00:03:10

Total Playing Time: 00:59:47

Copland, Aaron

Falletta, JoAnn

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559240

Barcode: 0636943924020

Physical Release: 08/2006

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