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Playlist for 18th April – An American Songbook

April 18, 2010

An American Songbook

In the 1940’s and 50’s Ella Fitzgerald recorded a number of classical jazz albums such as The Cole Porter Songbook, The Gershwin Songbook and others featuring the songs of a range of composers of popular music. Listening to a some of these albums has inspired  my show this week which is called Am American Songbook and features art songs and vocal pieces by a range of American classical composers.  In many of these pieces you can here the influence of jazz and popular music and in some cases its hard to see if there’s a true line between classical and popular music.

Composer Title
Roy Harris Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
Charles Ives In Flanders Fields
Charles Ives Songs: Memories (a–Very Pleasant, b–Rather Sad)
Kurt Weill Lonely House
Aaron Copland Laurie’s Song
Leonard Bernstein Rabbit At Top Speed [
William Bolcom How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around
Peter Lieberson Si no fuera porque tus ojos tienen color de luna (If your eyes were not the color of the moon)
John Harbison North & South: 6 Poems of Elizabeth Bishop (1999) – Book 1 3. Breakfast Song
Ned Rorem Early in the morning
Ned Rorem Requiescat
Gian Carlo Menotti What a curse for a woman is a timid man
Samuel Barber Despite and Still, Op. 41 – 4. Solitary Hotel

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