Aaron Copland http://wrti.org en Appalachian Spring Eternal: The Story Behind "Ballet for Martha" http://wrti.org/post/appalachian-spring-eternal-story-behind-ballet-martha <div><p></p><p>In the midst of World War II, a collaboration between choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland gave birth to an enduring American classic. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears <em>Appalachian Spring</em> in a new way.</p><p>http://youtu.be/XmgaKGSxQVw</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:36:00 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6609 at http://wrti.org Appalachian Spring Eternal: The Story Behind "Ballet for Martha" 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Copland, Appalachian Spring http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-copland-appalachian-spring <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Aaron </span>Copland's<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> <em>Appalachian Spring</em>, performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stephen </span>Gunzenhauser<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> conducting, is featured on CD 3 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Aaron Copland is considered by many to be the dean of American composers. One may argue that he created a “sound” that embodies the spirit of the American dream—a vision of a vast and different country where immigrants came to settle and build a life in a new world. This work celebrates the Appalachian mountain regions—the lowlands of the Lebanon, Cumberland, East Tennessee, and Shenandoah valleys.<br><br>A single clarinet opens the work with a simple melody and is joined by flute and strings signaling the beauty and simplicity of nature and the earth’s awakening from a harsh winter to a glorious spring. A brash orchestral segment initiates the feeling of “country music” and the simplicity once again of the melodies brought by the immigrants from their native English, Scottish, and German backgrounds.<br><br>The highlight of the work is the Shaker melody “’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,” undoubtedly the cornerstone of the piece as it is developed and enlarged in all its glory. Written as a ballet for the great Martha Graham in 1944, it won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1945.</div><div> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 03:08:17 +0000 Jill Pasternak 6439 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Copland, Appalachian Spring The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia On WRTI: Strings And Copland, August 18th at 5 PM http://wrti.org/post/chamber-orchestra-philadelphia-wrti-strings-and-copland-august-18th-5-pm <p>This month's broadcast concert of<strong> <a href="http://www.chamberorchestra.org/" target="_blank">The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia</a> </strong>spotlights the ensemble's string section with two marvelous works: John Williams' <em>Essay for Strings</em>, and Ottorino Respighi's <em>Aria&nbsp;for Strings</em>. &nbsp;</p><p>Music Director Dirk Brossé will also lead performance of two Aaron Copland favorites, <em>Quiet City</em>, and <em>Appalachian Spring</em>. &nbsp;</p><p>Dave Conant is host.&nbsp; Sunday, August 18, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:12:41 +0000 Jack Moore 6337 at http://wrti.org The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia On WRTI: Strings And Copland, August 18th at 5 PM From 'Glee' To Gettysburg: Brian Stokes Mitchell Speaks For Lincoln http://wrti.org/post/glee-gettysburg-brian-stokes-mitchell-speaks-lincoln <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404219/aaron-copland" target="_blank">Aaron Copland</a> is considered one of America's greatest composers. Among his most famous works is a tribute to an iconic figure in American history. In 1942, Copland wrote <em>A Lincoln Portrait</em>, which features a full orchestra playing while a narrator reads excerpts from Lincoln's speeches and other writings.<p>There's been a long list of notables who have performed <em>A Lincoln Portrait</em>: Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Cronkite and Margaret Thatcher, among many others. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 07:27:00 +0000 editor 4099 at http://wrti.org From 'Glee' To Gettysburg: Brian Stokes Mitchell Speaks For Lincoln