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.

Playlist

Episode 1

Franz Waxman: Four Scenes of Childhood for Violin and Piano
I. Bedtime Story: The Fairy Princess – Andante
Geoffrey Applegate, vln.; Pauline Martin, pf.
Koch 7398
3:35

Waxman: Humoresque – City Montage
London Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, v.;
Nonesuch 79464-2
1:58

Don Gillis: Symphony No 5 1/2
I. Perpetual Emotion
II. Spiritual
III. Scherzofrenia
IV. Conclusion
Albany Symphony/David Alan Miller
Nonesuch 79464-2
14:38

Wayne Barlow: The Winter’s Passed
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Michael Barrett; Bert Lucarelli, ob.
Koch 3-71872
5:25

Paul Bowles: Six Preludes for Piano (excerpts)
Huapango No. 1
Orosi
La Cuelga
Bennett Lerner, p.
Etcetera 1019
4:11

Paul Bowles: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, I
EOS Ensemble/Jonathan Sheffer; Alan Feinberg, Leslie Stifelman, pnos.
RCA 63685
4:35

Paul Bowles (text by Tennessee Williams): “Cabin” & “Sugar in the Cane” fr. Blue Mountain Ballads
Samuel Ramey, bs.; Warren Jones, p.
Sony 68339
3:09

Alec Wilder: Air for English Horn
The Alec Wilder Octet/Frank Sinatra; Mitch Miller, eh.
CBS 26417
2:37

Alec Wilder: Theme and Variations
The Alec Wilder Octet/Frank Sinatra
CBS 26417
2:27

Don Gillis: Bobby Socks (excerpt) fr. Star-Spangled Symphony
Sinfonia Varsovia/Ian Hobson
Albany 618
4:10

Episode 2

Anderson: The First Day Of Spring (excerpt)
BBC Concert Orchestra/Slatkin
Naxos 8.559313
1:20

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

Herrmann: For The Fallen- A Berceuse
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/David Sedares
Koch 7224
6:55

Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock
St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin
RCA 668048
2:25

Anderson: Belle Of The Ball
St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin
RCA 668048
2:37

Anderson: Piano Concerto In C, II
BBC Concert Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin; Jeffrey Biegel, pf.
Naxos 8.559313
5:16

Anderson: Harvard Sketches
Freshman in Harvard Square
Widener Reading Room
Class Day Confetti Battle
BBC Concert Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Naxos 8.559357
4:46

Anderson: The Classical Jukebox
BBC Concert Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Naxos 8.559313
3:06

Anderson: A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin; Susan Slaughter, tpt.
RCA 939508
3:29

Anderson: The Typewriter
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin; John Cassica, typewriter; Richard O’Donnell, bell
RCA 939508
1:49

Episode 3

Lou Harrison: Suite fr. The Marriage At The Eiffel Tower
Overture
March For The Marriage Of Frank And Anne Wigglesworth
Waltz
Blues For The Trouville Bathing Beauty
Quadrille
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Dennis Russell Davies
Nimbus 2571
9:14

Harrison: Symphony on G, III
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Gerhard Samuel
CRI 715
13:20

Harrison: Piano Concerto, IV
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra/Naoto Tomo; Keith Jarrett, p.
New World 80366
2:55

Harrison: Six Sonatas: II & IV
John Schneider, just guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
5:23

Harrison: Suite For Violin, Piano & Small Orchestra, IV-VI
New Japan Phil/Hughes; Lucy Stoltzman, v.; Keith Jarrett, p.
New World 80366
8:08

Harrison: Seven Pastorales
V. To John Cage
VI. To My Mother
Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Musicmasters 67089
5:13

Harrison: Homage To Pacifica, In Honor Of Chief Seattle (excerpt)
Lou Harrison/Gamelan Si Betty, Berkeley Chamber
Musicmasters 67091
3:41

Episode 4

Harold Shapero: Symphony For Classical Orchestra, II & III
L.A. Philharmonic/André Previn
New World 80373
20:37

George Rochberg: Music for the Magic Theater, (excerpt)
New York Chamber Ensemble/Stephen Rogers Radcliffe
New World 80462
9:01

George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3, III
Concord String Quartet
New World 80551
15:55

Episode 5

Gould: Piano Concerto, II & III
Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Alan Miller; Randall Hodgkinson, p.
Albany Troy 300
13:59

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, II & III
Louisville Orchestra/Lawrence Leighton Smith; Robert Glazer, vla.
Albany Troy 013-014
14:11

Gould: Fall River Legend (excerpts)
National Philharmonic Orchestra/Milton Rosenstock
Albany Troy 035
10:16

Gould: Benny’s Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass (excerpts)
Larry Combs, cl.; Bradley Opland, db.
Summit 172
4:44

Gould: Stringmusic- Prelude
Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Alan Miller
Albany 300
5:32

Gould: Boogie-Woogie Etude
Michel Legrand, p.
Apex 49576
2:17