American Masters, Part III

July 20, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Our series celebrating American composers continues with more innovative works from composers born in the first fifteen years of the 20th century. Lou Harrison with his love of Indonesian Gamelan music, George Rochberg’s tonal 3rd string quartet performed by the Concord Quartet, then on to Franz Waxman’s orchestral music, and Bill ends the week with a full hour of music from the quintessential New Yorker, Morton Gould. Don’t miss the treat of the week; Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter, performed by the St. Louis Symphony with John Cassica soloing on the typewriter.


Episode 1

Franz Waxman: Four Scenes of Childhood for Violin and Piano
1. Bedtime Story: The Fairy Princess – Andante

Geoffrey Applegate, vln.; Pauline Martin, pf.
Old Acquaintances – Franz Waxman
Koch 7398

Waxman: Humoresque – City Montage
London Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, v.;
Nonesuch 79464-2

Don Gillis: Symphony No 5 1/2
1. Perpetual Emotion

2. Spiritual
3. Scherzofrenia
4. Conclusion

Albany Symphony/David Alan Miller
Nonesuch 79464-2

Wayne Barlow: The Winter’s Passed
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Michael Barrett; Bert Lucarelli, ob.
The Art of Wayne Barlowe
Koch 3-71872

Paul Bowles: Six Preludes for Piano (excerpts)
Huapango No. 1
La Cuelga
Bennett Lerner, p.
American Piano Music
Etcetera 1019

Paul Bowles: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, I
EOS Ensemble/Jonathan Sheffer; Alan Feinberg, Leslie Stifelman, pnos.
The Music Of Paul Bowles
RCA 63685

Paul Bowles (text by Tennessee Williams): “Cabin” & “Sugar in the Cane” fr. Blue Mountain Ballads
Samuel Ramey, bs.; Warren Jones, p.
Samuel Ramey: Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye: Songs
of Barber
Sony 68339

Alec Wilder: Air for English Horn
The Alec Wilder Octet/Frank Sinatra; Mitch Miller, eh.
High Energy
CBS 26417

Alec Wilder: Theme and Variations
The Alec Wilder Octet/Frank Sinatra
High Energy
CBS 26417

Don Gillis: Bobby Socks (excerpt) fr. Star-Spangled Symphony
Sinfonia Varsovia/Ian Hobson
Gillis: Star-Spangled Symphony, Amarillo, Dance
Albany 618

Episode 2

Anderson: The First Day Of Spring (excerpt)
BBC Concert Orchestra/Slatkin
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 – Piano
Concerto in C Major
/ The Golden Years / Fiddle-Faddle
Naxos 8.559313

Bernard Herrmann: Symphony No. 1, II & III
Phoenix Symphony/James Sedares
Herrmann: Symphony No 1; Schuman
Koch 7135
:51, 5:53, 8:37

Herrmann: For The Fallen- A Berceuse
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/David Sedares
Herrmann: The Devil And Daniel Webster
Koch 7224

Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock
St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin
Herrmann: The Devil And Daniel Webster
The Typewriter – Leroy Anderson Favorites
RCA 668048

Anderson: Belle Of The Ball
St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin
The Typewriter – Leroy Anderson Favorites
RCA 668048

Anderson: Piano Concerto In C, II
BBC Concert Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin; Jeffrey Biegel, pf.
The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites
Naxos 8.559313

Anderson: Harvard Sketches
Freshman in Harvard Square
Widener Reading Room
Class Day Confetti Battle
BBC Concert Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites
Naxos 8.559357

Anderson: The Classical Jukebox
BBC Concert Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites
Naxos 8.559313

Anderson: A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin; Susan Slaughter, tpt.
Leonard Slatkin: The American Collection
RCA 939508

Anderson: The Typewriter
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin; John Cassica, typewriter; Richard O’Donnell, bell
Leonard Slatkin: The American Collection
RCA 939508

Episode 3

Lou Harrison: Suite fr. The Marriage At The Eiffel Tower
March For The Marriage Of Frank And Anne Wigglesworth
Blues For The Trouville Bathing Beauty
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Dennis Russell Davies
Harrison: Music For Orchestra, Ensemble & Gamelan
Nimbus 2571

Harrison: Symphony on G, III
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Gerhard Samuel
American Masters – Lou Harrison, Carl Ruggles
American Masters – Lou Harrison, Carl Ruggles
CRI 715

Harrison: Piano Concerto, IV
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra/Naoto Tomo; Keith Jarrett, p.
Lou Harrison: Piano Concerto
New World 80366

Harrison: Six Sonatas: II & IV
John Schneider, just guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Just West Coast
Bridge 9041

Harrison: Suite For Violin, Piano & Small Orchestra, IV-VI
New Japan Phil/Hughes; Lucy Stoltzman, v.; Keith Jarrett, p.
Lou Harrison: Piano Concerto
New World 80366

Harrison: Seven Pastorales
5. To John Cage

6. To My Mother
Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Glanville-Hicks, Lou Harrison, Riley: Works for Piano & Orchestra
Musicmasters 67089

Harrison: Homage To Pacifica, In Honor Of Chief Seattle (excerpt)
Lou Harrison/Gamelan Si Betty, Berkeley Chamber
Harrison: Gamelan Music
Musicmasters 67091

Episode 4

Harold Shapero: Symphony For Classical Orchestra, II & III
L.A. Philharmonic/André Previn
Harold Shapero: Symphony for Classical Orchestra
New World 80373

George Rochberg: Music for the Magic Theater, (excerpt)
New York Chamber Ensemble/Stephen Rogers Radcliffe
George Rochberg: Music for the Magic Theater
New World 80462

George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3, III
Concord String Quartet
George Rochberg: String Quartets Nos. 3 – 6
New World 80551

Episode 5

Gould: Piano Concerto, II & III
Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Alan Miller; Randall Hodgkinson, p.
Gould: Showpiece, Piano Concerto
Albany Troy 300

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, II & III
Louisville Orchestra/Lawrence Leighton Smith; Robert Glazer, vla.
Gould: Housewarming
Albany Troy 013-014

Gould: Fall River Legend (excerpts)
National Philharmonic Orchestra/Milton Rosenstock
Fall River Legend
Albany Troy 035

Gould: Benny’s Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass (excerpts)
Larry Combs, cl.; Bradley Opland, db.
Benny’s Gig
Summit 172

Gould: String Music- Prelude
Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Alan Miller
Gould: Showpiece, Piano Concerto
Albany 300

Gould: Boogie-Woogie Etude
Michel Legrand, p.
American Piano Music
Apex 49576