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Aaron Copland

June 18, 2013

Performance Today for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In 1942, choreographer Agnes de Mille came to composer Aaron Copland with an idea: a ballet about cowboys. Copland responded by saying..."A cowboy ballet? I've already composed one of those," he said. That was called Billy the Kid. "Can't you do a ballet about Ellis Island?" Agnes de Mille said no, Aaron Copland shrugged, composition on the ballet Rodeo began and some of the most memorable music of the 20th century was written. We'll hear dances from the ballet Rodeo on Tuesday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Quintet in G Major for Strings, Op. 77 - II. Intermezzo (Notturno)
    Emerson String Quartet with Edgar Meyer, bass
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    L'Estate (Summer), RV 315 in G minor, The Four Seasons - 1. Allegro non molto, 2. Adagio, 3. Presto
    New Century Chamber Orchestra; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, music director
    Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA
  • Aaron Copland
    Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo - 1. Buckaroo Holiday, 2. Corral Nocturne, 3. Saturday Night Waltz, 4. Hoe-Down
    Artosphere Festival Orchestra; Corrado Rovaris, conductor
    Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Piano Quartet no. 2, E-flat, Op. 87 B162 - iii. Allegro moderato, grazio; iv. finale-allegro, ma non troppo
    Eteri Andjaparidze, piano; Espen Lilleslatten, violin; Brett Deubner, viola; Emilio Colon, cello
    Round Top Festival Institute; Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

hour 2

  • Frederic Chopin
    Prelude No. 2 & No. 4 (arr. by Wispelwy & Lazic)
    Pieter Wispelwey, cello; Dejan Lazic, piano
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Coriolan Overture in c minor, Op. 62
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ilyich Rivas, Conductor
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm
  • PT Young Artist-in-Residence
    Coleman Itzkoff, cello
  • Frederic Chopin
    Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op. 3
    Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Eliza Ching, piano
    Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN
  • Modest Mussorgsky
    Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade V, 7. Limoges, le marche, 8. Catacombae, Cum mortuis in lingua mortua, 9. The Hut on Fowl's Legs, 10. The Great Gate at Kiev
    San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
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