Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Thanksgiving Music Playlist

This week we gather with our loved ones and remember our nation’s history, reflect on what we’re thankful for in life, and eat good food! Have you ever thought about what music best exhibits an American national sound? In honor of this great American holiday, let’s talk about composers who succeeded in creating American nationalism in their music. Below, I list several American composers with example works but the list is by no means exhaustive. What other works/composers can you think of? Please provide examples of your favorites!

William Billings, Chester


Stephen Foster, Old Folks at Home


George Chadwick, Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee


Henry Mancini, Moon River


John Philip Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever


Irving Berlin, God Bless America


George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue


Ferde Grofe, Grand Canyon Suite


Charles Ives, Concord Sonata: The Alcotts


Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring


William Grant Still, Afro-American Symphony


Cole Porter, Anything Goes


Duke Ellington, Satin Doll


Scott Joplin, The Entertainer


Erich Korngold, Violin Concerto


Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz


This week on WGUC we will offer several Thanksgiving specials to accompany your festivities. Below is a schedule of our offerings!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 PM
Thanksgiving with Cantus – Cantus is one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, they talk about the holiday, music and food.

Thursday, November 27, 10:00 AM
Feast for the Ears with Mark Perzel

Thursday, November 27, 6:00 PM
Giving Thanks 2014: Maya Angelou & Nikki Giovanni
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.


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