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Kids Commute: Old West Week!

A cowboy and horse silhouette in the sunset
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A cowboy and horse silhouette in the sunset.

Giddy'up! It's time to ride our horses into the sunset, eat some beans by the fire and get up to no good on the plains. It's Old West Week!

This week on Kids Commute, Kate will walk through how different composers used instruments (and voices!) to create an iconic sound of the wild, wild West through music!

Each day will feature a piece of music such as:

  • Movie theme music from Elmer Bernstein's "The Magnificent Seven"
  • and Ennio Morricone's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"
  • the ballet score to Aaron Copland's "Rodeo"
  • an orchestral piece by Ferde Grofe taking us to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • a symphonic band piece by Julie Giroux about a REALLY tall hat

So grab your lasso, your boots and spurs — it's time to ride like the wind!

KC Old West Week - MONDAY: 'The Magnificent Seven!'
Theme from "The Magnificent Seven" by Elmer Bernstein
KC Old West Week - TUESDAY: Rodeo!
"Hoedown" from "Rodeo" by Aaron Copland
KC Old West Week - WEDNESDAY: 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'
"Theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and "Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone
KC Old West Week - THURSDAY: 'On The Trail'
"Grand Canyon Suite: 3. On The Trail" by Ferde Grofe performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
KC Old West Week - FRIDAY: 'Twelve-Gallon Hat!'
"Twelve-Gallon Hat" by Julie Giroux performed by the University of North Texas Symphonic Band

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Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager and is the producer of "Classical Sprouts" and "Kids Commute".