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      Music of the American West

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      We begin on horseback in the Grand Canyon then on to California for Puccini’s Fanciulla del West. Colorado is next for The Ballad of Baby Doe. We ride the range with cowboys and end up with a salute to Texas.

      Playlist:

      Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite, “On the Trail”
      New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein
      Recorded in New York in 1963
      SONY SMK 47544

      Puccini: La Fanciulla del West “Ch’ella mi Cre da Libero”
      Jonas Kaufmann with Massimo Simeoli
      The Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
      Conducted by Antonio Pappano
      Recorded in Rome in 2014
      SONY 88875092482

      Moore: The Ballad of Baby Doe, “Willow Song”
      Beverly Sills with the New York City Opera Orchestra Conducted by Emerson Buckley Recorded in New York in 1959
      DGG 2709061

      Lohr: “My Little Grey Home in the West”
      Robert White with the National Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Ralph Mace
      Recorded in New York in 1985
      LP: RCA AGL1-5400

      Hill: “The Last Roundup”
      Robert Merrill with Russ Case and his Orchestra
      Recorded in New York in 1947 78
      RPM DISC: RCA VICTOR 10-1273-B

      Traditional: “Home on the Range”
      John Charles Thomas with Orchestra Conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret
      Recorded in New York in 1931
      MET 210-CD

      Porter: “Don’t Fence Me In”
      Thomas Hampson with the London Symphony Orchestra
      Conducted by John McGlinn
      Recorded in London in 1990
      EMI CDC 7 84203 2

      Cahn: “The Little Ol’ State of Texas”
      Ezio Pinza and The Sons of the Pioneers
      Recorded in Hollywood in 1951
      78 RPM DISC: RCA VICTOR 10-3427-B

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