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AAmerican Masters, Part I American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton (FREE)CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family MattersFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its Influences Green and Pleasant Land HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part I Invitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILiszt, Franz Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusic of Scandinavia (FREE)Musical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part IPoulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, MauriceRRespighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISibelius and GriegSlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French) (FREE)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08 Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)ViolaViolin Concerto Voices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYou and the Night and the Music
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Musicians are often found on the road, either traveling to join a new orchestra or moving towards a new inspiration. Reflections from such travels infuse themselves into their works, as we will discover throughout the week.
We leave the port with a nautical voyage by Mendelssohn, taking us to a past once explored by Beethoven, and continue streaming along three different takes on a barcarolle--otherwise known as a Venetian gondolier's song. Gershwin brings Americana to the City of Lights, and Schickele concludes with a ragtime tune for brass.
Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Berlin Classics 0091572
Offenbach: Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman
Brussels National Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Cambreling; Norman, Murray, soloists
Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60
G. Ohlsson, p.
Menotti: Barcarolle fr. Sebastian
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Schickele: A Little Moseying Music
The Chestnut Brass Company
The slow pace of sea travel gives one plenty of time to ponder on a tune. This segment is filled with aquatic adventures and river reveries, beginning Copland's arrangement of "The Boatman's Song" from Old American Songs. Just across the pond is Vltava in present-day Czech Republic, its beauty captured by Smetana. Wagner brings us to a scene at the Rhine.
Copland: “The Boatman’s Song” fr. Old American Songs
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Copland; Warfield, bar.
Smetana: Die Moldau from Má Vlast
Supraphon 11 0711-2
Wagner: Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung
Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call)
National Orchestra l’ORTF/Martinon
Grofe: New Orleans from Mississippi Suite
New York Phil/Kostelanetz
In this section, Bill explores a variety of farewells.
Beethoven's farewell, Les Adieux, is marked by sorrow and joy as he bids adieux, misses, then reunites with a friend (in sections marked "Farewell," "Absence" and "Reunion." Beethoven inadvertently wrote his own farewell, as he passed away before finishing a requiem mass.
We begin the next leg of our musical journey with Schubert's "Das Wandern" from his song cycle Die Schöne Mullerin. The first song in the cycle, “Das Wandern”, introduces us to a young miller boy as he proclaims his love for travel and the brook that is his guide.
The next segment of our journey is both dour and autobiographical. Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" is the song of a young boy who upon losing his love to another packs up his bags. Mahler saw himself in this character, as he had just experienced a breakup of his own.
Where Mahler wrote music to revel in heartbreak, Hadyn wrote this next symphony to solve it. Haydn's Farewell Symphony is both a treat to listen to and an ingenious ploy to get more vacation time.
Our next farwell is from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, where two pairs of sweethearts bid farewell. The earnest beauty of the music is ironic, considering that in the next act the two men will return in disguise in order to test their lover's fidelity.
One of the prices of being a successful performer is constant travel. Lizst was one of the most successful composer-performer hybrids of all time, and so spent a lot time on the road. He transformed his experiences on the road into a series of piano works called Année de Pèlerinage. In this segment, we listen to two pieces from that collection, “Au Lac de Wallenstadt” and “Les Jeux d’eaux á la Villa d’Este.”
We close this segment with two of the most famous songs of travel in the repertoire, Vaughn William's "Whither Must I Wander?" and "The Vagabond" from the songs of travel.
Schubert: “Das Wandern” from Die Schöne Mullerin
Fischer-Dieskau, br.; Moore, p.
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
ECO/Tate; Allen, bar.
Haydn: Symphony No. 45, Farewell (excerpt)
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Brown
Mozart: Cosi fan tutti (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Böhm; Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Taddei, Berry, soloists
Liszt: Au Lac de Wallenstadt fr. Année de Pèlerinage
Liszt: Les Jeux d’eaux á la Villa d’Este fr. Annee de Pelerinage
Vaughan Williams: “Whither Must I Wander?” & “The Vagabond” fr. Songs of Travel
Terfel, bar.; Martineau, p.
Handel: The Arrival of Queen Sheba fr. Solomon
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
Wagner: Walkürenritt from Die Walküre
Prokofiev: Troika from Lt. Kije
St. Petersburg Phil/Temirkanov
Phillips: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Delius: Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo & Juliet
Alkan: Le Chemin de fer
Honegger: Pacific 231
Bavarian Radio & TV Symphony Orch/Dutoit
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras (excerpt)
French Radio National Orchestra/Villa-Lobos
Ellington/Strayhorn: Take the “A” Train
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
San Francisco Symphony/de Waart