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In a Pastoral Mood

Pastoral

Wednesday at 10:00 pm


Certain professions don’t fire the imaginations of Classical composers: wheelwrights, stonemasons, potters, or lamplighters, for example. Those people are underrepresented in the Classical music literature. Sailors, on the other hand, speak to one’s wanderlust; there are lots of pieces about sailors. Teachers and nursemaids show up in music about nurture—as do barkeeps. Shepherds evoke a sense of freedom, simplicity and wide-open spaces. It is this last class that inspires Wednesday’s Cedille Chicago Presents.

Host Jim Ginsburg crafts a program devoted to the pastorale, a simple piece originally associated with the shepherd’s pipe. It is that simplicity that binds a pastorale from 18th century composer Giuseppe Tartini to Elliot Carter’s Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano from 1945, or to Doppler’s Hungarian Pastorale or to one by Stravinsky, Franck, Milhaud or Canteloube.

“In a Pastoral Mood” is the name of the program. Tune in to Cedille Chicago Presents, Wednesday evening at 10:00 pm on WFMT.

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