Composers write music about love all the time. Hugo Alfven - urbane, well-trained, and rising in all the right circles - began one such piece as a young man in his twenties. It so overwhelmed him, however, that 20 years later it had mutated into a craggy three-quarter-hour symphony of four movements played without break, a luxuriant, ardent, and stunning wordless tale of such power that some critics thought it too suggestive for public performance.
In this edition of Discoveries, we'll hear music by one of the leading American women composers of the mid-20th century. Elinor Remick Warren was also pianist to the stars, and the wife of a Hollywood producer. Solidly in the American Romantic tradition of Howard Hanson and Samuel Barber, there's also a streak of French impressionism shining through her music.
Tune in every Sunday night at 6 pm for Riverwalk Jazz. Recorded live at the Landing Jazz Club in San Antonio, Texas, the popular program celebrates the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present. Each week, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes these jazz pioneers in live performances, and with fascinating stories that celebrate important moments in the history of jazz.
Coming up... January 24: Sidney Bechet - Jazz Immortal. January 31: Jazz Goes to the Movies - A Look at Jazz & Jazz Musicians in Film.