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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2019, 03:18:38 AM »
Grohg
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #61 on: March 28, 2019, 12:45:16 PM »
Grohg
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Very interesting list.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #62 on: March 28, 2019, 04:56:06 PM »
Appalachian Spring - Orchestral Suite
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/8e3rVcSy3IQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/8e3rVcSy3IQ</a>

The Red Pony - Suite
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Quiet City
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/SvRKcwYpgug" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/SvRKcwYpgug</a>

Three Piano Excerpts from Our Town
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/bQbKMwfggb8" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/bQbKMwfggb8</a>

Clarinet Concerto
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/oXbcnogxlSg" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/oXbcnogxlSg</a>
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #63 on: March 28, 2019, 06:16:39 PM »
Copland is one of my favorite composers, so there are more than five works that "top" my list. 

In chronological order:

Music for the Theatre

Four Piano Blues

Vitebsk: Study on a Jewish Theme

Billy the Kid; ballet

Quiet City

Lincoln Portrait for narrator and orchestra (with Henry Fonda)

Rodeo; ballet

Music for Movies: Of Mice and Men; The City; Our Town

Appalachian Spring; ballet - 13 instruments

The Red Pony

Clarinet Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with harp (esp. the Benny Goodman recording)

Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Old American Songs I & II

The Tender Land Suite

Dance Panels

Nonet for Strings

Night Thoughts: Homage to Ives for piano

Threnodies for Flute and String Trio
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #64 on: March 29, 2019, 01:39:10 AM »
Looks like a good listening list, San Antone.

I really enjoyed Grohg on the new Slatkin CD.  Hadn't paid much attention to this oddly named piece before.


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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #65 on: March 29, 2019, 01:55:59 AM »
Looks like a good listening list, San Antone.

I really enjoyed Grohg on the new Slatkin CD.  Hadn't paid much attention to this oddly named piece before.



Those Slatkin/DSO recordings are really good, IMO.  I should pay more attention to Grohg, an early work and one I've not heard.

I found this description of the work:

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Grohg, Ballet In One Act is a product of his early compositions in Paris and the first work that he orchestrated.  Boulanger suggested Copland write a ballet because of the popularity of Stravinsky's ballets commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for his  Ballet Russe.  Copland took as his inspiration the German silent movie Nosferatu, a vampire film based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Copland asked the writer-director Harold Clurman to write a scenario for the ballet. Clurman's scenario deals with a sorcerer that brings corpses to life to dance for his pleasure.

[Listening to it right now; won't join my list of favorites, but a worthwhile experience.]
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Copland Works
« Reply #66 on: March 29, 2019, 09:35:21 AM »
You've all heard some of the music from Grohg, though, as Copland used it to make the Dance Symphony.