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Charles Ives

September 30, 2009

Feeding the Kids, Feeding the Soul

American composer Charles Ives had a day job selling insurance, so he could feed his family. But in his free time, he fed his own soul by writing music. Ives' third symphony is peppered with hymn tunes that most audience members of the day would have easily recognized. Today, those kinds of cultural references might not be so easily understood. See how many tunes you can recognize as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya perform Ives' third, nicknamed "Camp Meeting."

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro"
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Bobby McFerrin
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    "Hamburg" Symphony No. 4 in G
    Tempesta di Mare
    Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Claudio Buchwald from Bloomington, Indiana
  • Charles Ives
    Symphony No. 3 ("Camp Meeting")
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Two movements from Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
    Violinist Alina Ibragimova
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Excerpts from "Songs Without Words" in G Minor, Op. 19, No. 6
    Pianist Simon Trpceski
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Frederic Chopin
    Mazurka in G Minor, Op. 24, No. 1
    Pianist Simon Trpceski
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 ("From the New World")
    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with conductor Jac Van Steen
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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