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COPLAND: The Tender Land Suite / Piano Concerto / Old American Songs (arr. for chorus)


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COPLAND: The Tender Land Suite / Piano Concerto / Old American Songs (arr. for chorus)

Aaron Copland’s little-known opera The Tender Land takes place on a farm in the American South during the Depression. The composer later wrote, “I was trying to give young American singers material that they do not often get in the opera house... The result was closer to musical comedy than grand opera.” The suite that Copland extracted from The Tender Landis in three movements, with the second and third linked without pause. The 1926 Piano Concerto, like Gershwin’s Concerto of the previous year, is a 1920s “New York” piece – brassy, exuberant, ever confident in its bluesy swagger. Copland composed two sets of Old American Songs, originally for voice and piano but heard here transcribed for chorus and orchestra.

Copland, Aaron

  The Tender Land Suite
1.   I. Introduction and Love Music 00:10:11
2.   II. Party Scene 00:04:56
3.   III. Finale: The Promise of Living 00:05:32
  Piano Concerto
4.   I. Andante sostenuto 00:07:11
5.   II. Molto moderato, Allegro assai 00:09:44

Copland, Aaron
Traditional, lyricist(s)
Fine, Irving, arranger(s)

  Old American Songs I (arr. I. Fine for chorus)
6.   I. The Boatmen's Dance 00:03:25
7.   II. The Dodger 00:02:24
8.   III. Long Time Ago 00:03:03
9.   IV. Simple Gifts 00:01:30
10.   V. I Bought me a Cat 00:02:23

Copland, Aaron
Traditional / Lowry, Robert, lyricist(s)
Koponen, Glenn / Fine, Irving / Wilding-White, Raymond, arranger(s)

  Old American Songs II (arr. for chorus)
11.   I. The Little Horses (arr. R. Wilding - White) 00:02:53
12.   II. Zion's Walls (arr. G. Koponen) 00:02:03
13.   III. The Golden Willow Tree 00:03:40
14.   IV. At The River (arr. R. Wilding - White) 00:03:04
15.   V. Ching - a - ring Chaw (arr. I. Fine) 00:01:44

Total Playing Time: 01:03:43

Copland, Aaron

Lowry, Robert; Traditional

Fine, Irving; Koponen, Glenn; Wilding-White, Raymond

Hanson, Robert

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

St. Charles Singers

Hunt, Jeffrey; Pasternack, Benjamin; Stampley, Nathaniel

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Choral - Secular; Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559297

Barcode: 0636943929728

Physical Release: 05/2008

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