The summer cookout is as American as apple pie and Appalachian Spring. As you fire up the grill to cook up hot dogs, hamburgers, and all of your other favorite summer foods, we have the perfect soundtrack for you. Click here to jump to our playlist, or scroll down to peruse some of our favorite American works, from classics like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to modern masterpieces like John Adams’s City Noir.
Copland: "Hoe-down" from Rodeo
Gershwin: Catfish Row
Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic, III. Snake River
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On The Town, III. Times Square
John Adams: City Noir, I. The City and its Double
Ellington: The River, I. The Spring
Thomson: The Plow That Broke the Plains Suite: Cattle
Copland: Appalachian Spring, VII. Doppio movimento
Still: The American Scene (The Southwest), Song of the Riverman
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, I. Prologue
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Wynton Marsalis: Swing Symphony, II: All-American Pep
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