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July 2, 2010

Fiddle-Free Fireworks

The Master General of the Ordnance told the Comptroller of His Majesty's Fireworks in 1749, that "the King objected to there being any musick, but when I told him the quantity and number of (trumpets and drums) martial musick there was to be, he was better satisfied, and said he hoped there would be no fiddles." George Frideric Handel got wind of that, and left the fiddles out of his Royal Fireworks Music. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Herbert Blomstedt give a performance, in honor of the 4th of July holiday.

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hour 1

  • William Grant Still
    Third movement from Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American)
    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
  • George Frideric Handel
    Royal Fireworks Music
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Traditional
    All the Pretty Horses
    Jessye Norman, soprano, and friends
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  • John Philip Sousa
    The Washington Post March
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Maurice Ravel
    Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe
    The Academy Festival Orchestra, Larry Rachleff, conductor
    Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California
  • John Stafford Smith
    The Star-Spangled Banner
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • William Grant Still
    First movement from Folk Suite No. 4 for Flute, Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
    Leonard Garrison, flute, Robert Umiker, clarinet, Samuel Magill, cello, Arthur Tollefson, piano

hour 2

  • Henri Vieuxtemps
    American Souvenir
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • Jon Lord
    Jon Lord, piano, Jeremy Irons, reader
  • Jon Lord
    Excerpts from To Notice Such Things
    Cormac Henry, flute, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell, conductor
  • Mark O'Connor
    Excerpts from Strings and Threads Suite
    Sharon Isbin, guitar, Mark O'Connor, violin
    Symphony Space, New York City
  • Traditional
    Jig Medley: Bishop of Chester's Jig, Foxhunter's Jig, St. Patrick's Day
    Chatham Baroque, Alison Melville, recorder and baroque flute
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Igor Stravinsky
    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Amy Beach
    Dance of the Flowers, from Trois Morceaux Caracteristiques, Op. 28
    Joanne Polk, piano
  • Virgil Thomson
    Fugue and Chorale on Yankee Doodle
    The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Joann Falletta, conductor
    Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News, Virginia
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