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Aaron Copland

November 24, 2010

A Ballet by any Other Name

In a 1980 interview with NPR, composer Aaron Copland chuckled when he talked about misconceptions people have about his ballet, "Appalachian Spring.""I was not thinking about the Appalachian Mountains when I wrote it. People are very disappointed to hear me say that." In today's show, the story of how the "Ballet for Martha" became "Appalachian Spring," and a performance by the Knights in Stillwater, Minnesota. Plus, Bruce Adolphe stops by for a new Piano Puzzler.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Aaron Copland
    Saturday Night Waltz, from Rodeo
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland, conductor
  • Mikhail Glinka
    Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
    The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Ari Rasilainen, conductor
    Radio Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestants are Dick and Serena LaVine from New York City
  • Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring
    The Knights, Eric Jacobsen, conductor
    Stillwater Music Festival, Stillwater, Minnesota

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    First movement from Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in C Minor, BWV 1060
    Allan Vogel, oboe, Hilary Hahn, violin, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
  • Various Composers (Arranged by William Kanengiser)
    Music from the Time of Cervantes
    The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
    Rudolf Buchbinder, piano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Galopp from the Nose
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Various Composers
    Three Encores
    Denis Matsuev, piano
    Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland
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