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Playlists for March 28-April 1: Schubert String Quartets

Bill continues his in-depth look at the string quartet’s history and development this week with a focus on Franz Schubert.

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Monday

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, D. 32, I & II
Leipzig Quartet
MDG 307 0609
9:50
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D.46, I
Tokyo Quartet
RCA 7990
8:36, :50
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 68, II
Leipzig Quartet
MDG 307 0608
7:16
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 6 in D Major, D. 74, I
Leipzig Quartet
MDG 307 0605
7:46
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D. 87, II
Leipzig Quartet
MDG 307 0605
2:06
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor, D. 113, III & IV
Cherubini Quartet
EMI 49900
9:28
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Tuesday

Franz Schubert arr. Franz Liszt: “Der Müller und der Bach” for Piano, S. 565 No. 2
Evgeni Kissin, p.
DG 445562
:54
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Schubert arr. Liszt: “Gretchen am Spinnrade” for Piano, S. 558 No. 8
Kissin, p.
DG 445562
1:36
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29, D. 804, Rosamunde, I & II, III (excerpt)
Hagen Quartet
DG 419 171
20:26, :40
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Schubert: “Die Götter Griechenlands”, D. 677
Fisher-Dieskau, bar.; Moore, p.
DG 001431302
3:43
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29, D. 804, Rosamunde, III & IV
Hagen Quartet
DG 419 171
14:50
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Johannes Brahms: String Quartet #2 In A Minor, Op. 51, III (excerpt)
Takács String Quartet
London 425526
:51
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Schubert: Quartet for Strings No. 12 in C Minor, Op. posth., D. 703, Quartettsatz
Vermeer Quartet
Teldec 8.42868
:57, 9:09
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Schubert: Polonaise in B-flat Major for Violin and Orchestra, D. 580 (excerpt)
Ensemble Wien; Paul Guggenberger, v.
Sony 48386
1:21
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Wednesday

Franz Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen,” Op. 7, No. 3
Marian Anderson, contralto; Franz Rupp, piano
RCA 63575
2:47
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Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D. 810, Death & The Maiden, I-II, III-IV
Guarneri Quartet
Arab 6687
24:19, 12:39, 3:14
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Schubert: Notturno In E-Flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897
Edward Dusinberre, v.; Andras Fejér, vc.; Andreas Haefliger, p.
London 452 854
9:02
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Thursday

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 In B-flat Major, Op. 130 (excerpts from V & VI)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
3:30, :56
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Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 In G Major, Op. 161, D. 887
Emerson String Quartet
DG 459151
1:25, :36, 27:16, 17:21, 1:05
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Friday

Franz Schubert: String Quintet In C, Op. 163, D. 956
Emerson Quartet; Rostropovich, vc.
DG 289 459 151
29:03, :35, 19:20, 1:34
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Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131, I (excerpt)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447080
:53
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Playlists for March 21-25: Béla Bartók

We’ll follow the life and musical development of one of Hungary’s greatest composers to celebrate his 130th birthday.

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Monday

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Lon 430352
:28
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Bartók: ‘Unpublished’ Sonata for Violin and Piano (excerpt)
Szabadi, v.; Gulyás, p.
Hungaroton 31558
:53
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Bartók: Transylvanian Dance for Violin duo (excerpt)
Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén, vlns.
Fono 571439
:36
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Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (excerpt)
Cziffra, p.
EMI 56228
:48
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Roby Lakatos
WQXR broadcast excerpts not commercially available
1:12, 1:04

Bartók: Andante for Violin and Piano (excerpt)
Pauk, v,; Jandó, p.
Naxos 8.550886
1:15
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Bartók: Piano Quintet – II. Vivace (Scherzando)
Kodály Quartet & Jeno Jando, p.
Naxos 8.550886
8:47
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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, op. 30: Einleitung (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
London 440618
:42
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Barenboim
Erato 2292-45621-2
:28
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Bartók: Kossuth, Sz. 21
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer
Philips 456575-2
19:59
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Bartók: Fekete Föd (Snow-White Kerchief)
Basilides, s.; Bartók, p.
Pearl 9266
1:34
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Bartók: String Quartet #1 In A Minor, III
Emerson Quartet
DG 477 6322
11:37
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Tuesday

Bartók: Violin Duo No. 4- Midsummer Night Song
Drucker & Setzer, vlns.
Biddulph 020
:48
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Bartók: Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12, III
NY Phil/Boulez
Sony 45837
4:26
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Bartók: Allegro Barbaro, Sz. 49
Bartók, p.
EMI 55031
2:30
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Bartók: Evening In Transylvania
Bartók, p.
Priceless 22719
2:51
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Bartók: Hungarian Sketches (excerpts)
CSO/Boulez
DG 435825
2:47
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Bartók: String Quartet No. 2 (excerpts)
Takács Quartet
Lon 455297
:56, :42
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Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (excerpts)
Hungarian State Orchestra/Fischer; Ramey, bass; Martón, s.
CBS 44523
6:37
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Bartók: The Wooden Prince, I-III
NY Phil/Boulez
DG 435 863
10:56
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Bartók: Istenem (Coldly Runs The River), rec. 1928
Basilides, ms.; Bartók, p.
Gemm 9266
1:24
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Bartók: 6 Romanian Folk Dances
Szigeti, v.; Bartók, p.
EMI 55031
5:26
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Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, IV- Slightly Tipsy
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Boulez
DG 445825
2:11
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Bartók: Burlesques No. 2, Slightly Tipsy
Bartók, p.
EMI 55031
2:07
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The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
Tom Waits
Asylum 21375
:44
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Bartók: Violin Duo No. 5 – Slovakian Song
Drucker, v.; Setzer, v.
Biddulph 020
:58
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Wednesday

Bartók: Violin Duo No. 42- Arabian Song
Drucker, v.; Setzer, v.
Biddulph 020
1:10
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Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, II
Takács Quartet
London 455297
7:16
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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Op. 19
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
EMI 47117 2
20:07
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Bartók: Violin Sonata #2, I
Andsnes, p; Tezlaff, v.
Virgin Classics 45668
8:05
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Ravel: Tzigane For Violin & Piano (excerpt)
Hope, v.; Knauer, lutheal
Warner 61329
4:59
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Bartók: Village Scenes: Lullaby
New York Philharmonic/Boulez; Fuerstman, alto
Sony 45837
4:42
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Bartók: Cantata Profana (excerpt)
Budapest Festival Orchestra & Choir of Hungarian Radio & TV/Solti
London 458929
1:09
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Orff: Carmina Burana (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Muti
EMI 73573
:37
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Thursday

Bartok: Violin Duo No. 34: Counting Song (excerpt)
Setzer, v.; Drucker, v.
Biddulph 020
:59
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Bartók: Piano Concerto #2, SZ 95 – 1. Allegro
Berlin Philharmonic/Boulez; Andsnes, p.
DG B0003885-02
9:19
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Bartók: Contrasts – I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
Goodman, cl.; Bartok, p.; Szigeti, v.
Pearl 57
5:25
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Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, III & IV
CSO/Solti
London 430 352-2
13:21
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Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2, I (excerpt), II
CSO/Boulez; Shaham, v.
DG 459 639
10:50
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Bartók: Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra, III
Concertgebouw/Zinman; Argerich, p.; Freiere, p.
Philips 416 378-2
6:44
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Friday

Bartók: Divertimento for Strings, III
Camerata Academica Des Mozarteums/Végh
Capriccio 10300
7:13
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Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, I
CSO/Solti
London/Decca 400 052-2
9:04
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 Leningrad, I
Live broadcast from July 19, 1942
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini
:28 (excerpt)
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Lehár: “Da Geh’ Ich Zu Maxim” fr. Merry Widow (excerpt)
Thomas Hampson, bar.
DG 459 658-2
:26
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Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, IV & V
CSO/Solti
London/Decca 400 052-2
13:40
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Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, II & III
L. A. Philharmonic Orchestra/Salonen; Bronfman, p.
Sony 66718
17:13
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Bartók: Violin Duo No. 10 – Ruthenian Song
Drucker, v.; Setzer, v.
Biddulph 020
:59
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Playlists for March 14-18: Shakespeare

We’ll sample from the wealth of music inspired by the Bard’s verse, including pieces written by Purcell, Dvorák, Berlioz and Bernstein.

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Monday

Mendelssohn: Overture & excerpts from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Branagh, nar.
Sony 62826
11:40, 14:43, 22:20
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Tuesday

Dvorák: Othello (excerpt)
Czech Phil/Pesek
Virgin 61853
15:00
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Verdi: Othello (excerpts)
National Phil/Levine; P. Domingo, ten.
RCA 39501
6:32, 9:44, 4:46, 5:48
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Verdi: Falstaff (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Bernstein; D. Fischer-Dieskau, ten.
Sony 64070
4:07, 1:18, :25
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Wednesday

Walton: Henry V (excerpts fr. film suite)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Walton; Olivier, nar.
EMI 65007
3:36, 13:18
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Purcell: The Fairy Queen (excerpt)
2:53
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Handel: “E Pur Cosi… Piangero” fr. Julius Caesar
London Phil/Welser-Most; Amanda Roocroft, s.
EMI 555090
7:03
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Vaughan Williams: “Full Fathom Five”, “The Cloud-Capped Towers” and “Over Hill, Over Dale”
Cambridge Singers/Rutter
Collegium 505
3:16, 2:22, :58
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Finzi: “Who is Sylvia?”, “Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun” and “It was a Lover and his Lass” from Let us Garlands Bring
Bournemouth Symphony Orch/Handley; M. George, bar.
Conifer 51285
1:34, 5:02, 2:34
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Beach: “O Mistress Mine” & “Take, O Take Those Lips Away”
Emma Kirkby, s; James Lisney, p.
BIS 1245
2:27, 1:32
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Thursday

Gounod: Queen Mab scene from Romeo and Juliet
Toulouse Capitole Orchestra/Plasson
EMI 40700
2:38
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Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner; Fouchcourt, ten.
Phil 454454
1:29, 7:17, 14:53
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Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
NY Phil/Bernstein
Sony 63085
20:49
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Friday

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
New York Phil/Bernstein
DG 429234
22:36
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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Leningrad Kirov Orchestra/Gergiev
Phil 432819
19:35, 5:33, 3:04
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Playlists for March 7-11: Get the Picture?

Music inspired by the visual arts, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, and Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead.

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Monday

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 414386
:42
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Granados: Goyescas (excerpts)
de Larrocha, p.
RCA 60408
17:19, 9:42
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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor from 24 Caprichos De Goya
Afshar, g.
Summit 167
3:06
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Debussy: La Mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Monteux
RCA 61890
22:33
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Tuesday

Respighi: Trittico botticelliano
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble
DG 437533
5:30, 8:32, 5:23
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Hindemith: Mathis der Maler
San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt
Lon 421523
8:16, 18:30
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Satie: Gymnopédie
Thibaudet, p.
Decca 470290
3:03
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Wednesday

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 414386
:34
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Thomson: Bugles and Birds- A Portrait of Pablo Picasso
Jacobs, p.
None 79024
2:03
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Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain- I, III & IV
CSO/Reiner
RCA 61957
16:15
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Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Dorati
Merc 434329
7:29, 13:34
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Paulus: Air on Seurat
D. Lewis, vc.; C. Lewis, p.
Gasparo 301
6:39
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Livingston/Evans: Mona Lisa
Orchestra/Baxter; Nat King Cole
Capitol 72435-28295-2-1
3:09
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Thursday

Reger: Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin
Concertgebouw/Järvi
Chan 8794
25:16
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Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
RCA 9026680222
20:00
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Debussy: L’isle Joyeaux
Thibaudet, p.
Lon 452022
5:50
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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 414386
1:17
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Friday

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpts)
Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 414386
17:13, :41
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Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
CSO/Solti
Lon 400051
:29, 33:31
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American Masters II extras

Recording engineer extraordinaire Bill Siegmund whipped up this very handy chart that details the life spans of the 20th-century American composers that we’re listening to this week:

Click for the full-sized version.

About a year ago we took our first trek through similar territory in American Masters, Part I. For the sake of comparison, here is a timeline of the composers we investigated in that week:

Very special thanks to Harry Siegmund, a dedicated Exploring Music listener via KHPR in Kailua, Hawai’i and father of our previously mentioned engineer, who created the template for these charts.

 

E.E. Cummings

Inspired by David Diamond’s setting of e.e. cummings’ The Enormous Room, Cydne tracked down this recording of the author reading his poetry:

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when faces called flowers float out of the ground
and breathing is wishing and wishing is having-
but keeping is downward and doubting and never
-it’s april(yes,april;my darling)it’s spring!
yes the pretty birds frolic as spry as can fly
yes the little fish gambol as glad as can be
(yes the mountains are dancing together)

when every leaf opens without any sound
and wishing is having and having is giving-
but keeping is doting and nothing and nonsense
-alive;we’re alive,dear:it’s(kiss me now)spring!
now the pretty birds hover so she and so he
now the little fish quiver so you and so i
(now the mountains are dancing, the mountains)

when more than was lost has been found has been found
and having is giving and giving is living-
but keeping is darkness and winter and cringing
-it’s spring(all our night becomes day)o,it’s spring!
all the pretty birds dive to the heart of the sky
all the little fish climb through the mind of the sea
(all the mountains are dancing; are dancing)

~E.E Cummings

 

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