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Aaron Copland

November 7, 2013

Copland's American classic

In 1944, Aaron Copland was paid $500 to compose a ballet score for dancer Martha Graham. That's low by today's standards, but the result, Appalachian Spring, became an American classic and won him the Pulitzer Prize. On Thursday's Performance Today from APM, we'll hear the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra perform this Americana gem in Houston, Texas.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Concerto in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks", II. Allegretto
    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Hogwood, conductor
    Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Etc; Gallo, Pergolesi / Hogwood
    Decca/London 425614
  • Franz Schubert
    String Quartet No.14, D. 810 "Der tod und das Madchen", Death and the Maiden
    Ying Quartet: Ayano Ninomiya, violin; Janet Ying, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; David Ying, cello
    Studio A, WXXI Radio, Rochester, NY
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin, and Viola, Op. 25
    Julia Bogorad-Kogan, flute; Sunmi Chang, violin; Sabina Thatcher, viola
    The Music Room, SPCO Center, St. Paul, MN
  • John Mackey
    Kingfishers Catch Fire (2007)
    Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX

hour 2

  • Aaron Copland
    Saturday Night Waltz, from 'Rodeo'
    London Symphony Orchestra; Aaron Copland, conductor
    Copland Celebration Vol 1 - Orchestral & Chamber Work
    Sony 45659
  • Ernest Chausson
    Poeme, Op. 25
    Chad Hoopes, violin; Dina Vainshtein, piano
    Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
  • Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 Instruments
    River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Tanya Ratner, conductor
    St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Houston, TX
  • Johannes Brahms
    Hungarian Dance No. 1
    Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England
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