Music By Request for September 26, 2020

Sep 26, 2020

William Grant Still, American Composer 1895-1978

Today's playlist featured Folk Suite No. 2 by William Grant Still. His career as a composer was comprised of many "firsts." His Symphony No.1  was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic, the first symphony performed by an African-American composer.  In 1936 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States. The New York City Opera performed his Troubled island, the first opera by an African-American composer. 

1.     Gene Scheer,arr. Floyd,  American Anthem, Denyce Graves, David Perry

2.     Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries, Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado

3.     Aaron Copland, Our Town, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

4.     John Lennon/Paul McCartney, arr. Breiner, Beatles Concerto No. 1 (in the style of Handel) Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra

5.     William Grant Still, Folk Suite No. 2, Susan DeWitt, Alexa Still, New Zealand String Quartet

6.     Carl Bohm, Charge of the Uhlans, Joao Lucena e Vale and Jose Bunde Sousa

7.     Aaron Copland, Music for Theater, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

8.     Franz Schubert, Sonata in A major, Seymour Lipkin

9.     Traditional, Arr. Mack Wilberg, Cindy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jerold Ottley

10.  Alexander Glazunov, Autumn from The Seasons, Concert Arts Orchestra, Robert Irving

11.  Victor Herbert, Thine Alone, Beverly Sills

12.  Bedrich Smetana, The Moldeau, Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

13.  Giuseppe Verdi, O terra, addio from Aida, Placido Domingo, Katia Rcciarelli and Elena Obraztsova

14.  Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” Gewandahaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Kurt Masur

15.  Louis Alter, Manhattan Serenade, Beau Hunks Saxaphone Soctette

16.  Mark Knopfler, The Long Road from the original motion picture soundtrack, Cal, Mark Knopfler

17.  Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

18.  Vangelis, Theme from Chariots of Fire, 2Cellos

19.  Emmerich Kalman, excerpt from Die Csardasfurstin, Slovak Philharmonic Choir and Radio Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

20.  Giacomo Puccini, excerpts from Tosca, Jussi Bjorling, Stockholm Orchestra, Nills

21.  Various Artists, British Music Hall Medley, Florrie Forde

22.  Kurt Weill, arr. Stefan Frenkel, Song of Human Insufficiency/Mack the Knife from Seven Pieces from The Threepenny Opera, No. 1

23.  Vernon Duke, Autumn in New York, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

24.  Richard Strauss, An Alpine Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink

25.  Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 2, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi

26.  Erik Satie, Three Gymnopedies, Chen Yi and Lars Hannibal

27.  Traditional Scottish, Scotland the Brave, Boston Pops Orchestra with Boston Pipers Society, Keith Lockhart

28.  Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, excerpts from The Fantasticks, Broadway Original Cast Album