Program 3: What Does America Sound Like? — Part 2

In this program, Michael Tilson Thomas explains Copland’s musical transformation, and the political and artistic sentiments behind it. Included is a recorded rehearsal of the composer’s greatest modernist work, the Symphonic Ode, with MTT conducting the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.

As a part of Aaron Copland’s move from modernism to populism, he created musical landscapes that were abstractions of the sounds he’d heard all his life-folk tunes, Jewish music, the blues and jazz. This music was so successful that we now associate it with the sound of America-with prairies, cowboys, and the heartland.

In this program, Michael Tilson Thomas explains Copland’s musical transformation, and the political and artistic sentiments behind it. Included is a recorded rehearsal of the composer’s greatest modernist work, the Symphonic Ode, with MTT conducting the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.

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Playlist

(If no performer is listed, piece performed by San Fransisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas.)

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
(RCA 09026-63720-2)

Copland: Symphonic Ode (RCA 09026-63720-2)

Copland: Symphonic Ode in rehearsal
New World Symphony/Tilson Thomas

“The Golden Willow Tree”
The Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture
(Rounder 1516)

“The Golden Willow Tree” from “Old American Songs”
William Warfield/Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Copland
(Sony 89329)

Virgil Thomson: “The Plow That Broke the Plains”
Symphony of the Air/Stokowski
(Vanguard VSD 501)

Copland: “Billy the Kid”
(RCA 09026-63720-2)

Carlos Chavez: Symphony No. 2
New World Symphony/Tilson Thomas
(Argo 436 737-2)

“Camino Real de Colima”
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
(Arhoole CD 7015)

Copland: “El Salon Mexico

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
(RCA 09026-63720-2)

William Billings: “David’s Lamentation”
Recorded by Alan Lomax/From “White Spirituals of the Sacred Harp”
(New World 80205-2)

Copland: “In the Beginning” (SFS Chorus)

Other episodes

Program 1: You Call That Music?!
Program 2: What Does America Sound Like? — Part 1
Program 3: What Does America Sound Like? — Part 2
Program 4: Igor Stravinsky’s Copyright Blues
Program 5: The Last Virtuoso
Program 6: Freud and the Ballet
Program 7: We Were Playing Boulez, But We Were Listening To James Brown!
Program 8: Five Degrees of Separation

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