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Aaron Copland

Weekend of November 27, 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

  • Josef Suk
    Ballade in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 1
    The Suk Quartet
  • Astor Piazzolla
    Nicolas Altstaedt, cello, Jose Gallardo, piano
    Lucerne Summer Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Phantasy Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello
    Musicians from the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
    Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton, New York
  • Josef Suk
    Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in G Minor, Op. 24
    Michael Ludwig, violin, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
  • Fazil Say
    Alla Turca Jazz, Fantasia on the Rondo from Mozart's Sonata in A, K. 331
    Fazil Say, piano
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
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