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Portrait of Queen Mary II

March 5, 2015

Funeral Music for Queen Mary

When Queen Mary the Second died in 1694, Henry Purcell wrote music for the funeral. And in 1992, American composer Steven Stucky gave it a 20th century spin. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall playing this 20th century take on a 17th century classic.

Today's Playlist



hour 1

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: 3. Fuga
    Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor
    Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1
    Naxos 557470
  • Samuel Barber
    Summer Music, Op. 31
    Elizabeth Mann, flute; Robert Walters, oboe; Lauren Miner Jacobson, clarinet; Michael Kroth, bassoon; Michael Thornton, horn
    Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    String Quartet No.1
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano
    The Flagler Museum Music Series, The Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL
  • Maurice Ravel
    La Valse
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Juraj Valcuha, conductor
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden

hour 2

  • Henry Purcell
    Trumpet Sonata No. 1
    David Staff, natural trumpet; Orchestra of the Golden Age
    Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
    Naxos 8.553444
  • Steven Stucky/Henry Purcell
    Funeral Music for Queen Mary
    Boston Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor
    Carnegie Hall Live, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
  • Johannes Brahms
    Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
    James Campbell, clarinet; Denis Brott, cello; David Jalbert, piano
    Montreal Chamber Music Festival, St. James Church, Montreal, Canada
  • Jean Sibelius (trans. Frank Winterbottom)
    Finlandia, Op. 26
    United States Marine Band; Colonel Michael J. Colburn, conductor
    Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA
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