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November 3, 2008

Music of the spheres

The ancients believed that the movement of the sun, moon, stars and planets was actually a form of music. They called it "musica universalis," or "music of the spheres." Today we'll prove them right by serving up some heavenly music about heavenly bodies - the stars, the moon and the planets.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Percy Grainger
    "The Nightingale and the Two Sisters" from "Danish Folk Music Suite"
    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with conductor Geoffrey Simon
  • Frank Ticheli
    "Shooting Stars" from Symphony No. 2
    The Dallas Wind Symphony with conductor Jerry Junkin
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Gustav Holst
    Music from "The Planets," Op. 32
    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with conductor Richard Hickox
    Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • Matthew Dunne
    "Did You See the Moon Last Night?"
    The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Oregon

hour 2

  • Modest Mussorgsky
    Entr'acte from "Kovanschina"
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Oliver Knussen
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Contrapunctus No. 9 from "The Art of the Fugue"
    The New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Prelude No. 11 in F, BWV 880
    The Atlantic Brass Quintet
    Faith Presbyterian Church, Sun City, Arizona
  • Paul Hindemith
    "Mathis der Maler"
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Robert Spano
    Severance Hall, Cleveland
  • Christopher Weiss
    String Quartet No. 2
    The Verano String Quartet
    Music from Angel Fire, Taos, New Mexico
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