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American Classics -An American Salute - Spirit of the Nation

Audio Samples

>Gould, Morton : American Salute
>Copland, Aaron : Rodeo
>     Hoe Down
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, march for band
>Herbert, Victor : Pan-Americana, morceau characteristique for orchestra
>Gould, Morton : Stephen Foster Gallery
>     Camptown Races
>Grofe, Ferde [Composer] : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra
>     Sunrise
>Williams, John : Liberty Fanfare
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Ives, Charles : Variations for Organ on "America"
>Gould, Morton : American Ballads, for orchestra
>Scofield, G. S. : Battle Hymn of the Republic
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
>Smith, John Stafford : The Star-spangled Banner

Album Summary

>Gould, Morton : American Salute
>Copland, Aaron : Rodeo
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, march for band
>Herbert, Victor : Pan-Americana, morceau characteristique for orchestra
>Gould, Morton : Stephen Foster Gallery
>Grofe, Ferde [Composer] : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra
>Williams, John : Liberty Fanfare
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Ives, Charles : Variations for Organ on "America"
>Gould, Morton : American Ballads, for orchestra
>Scofield, G. S. : Battle Hymn of the Republic
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
>Smith, John Stafford : The Star-spangled Banner
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

American Salute: Spirit of the Nation is a tasteful collection of orchestral pieces devoted to the history and vitality of the United States. Performed by a series of orchestras, highlights include Aaron Copland's sweeping "Hoe Down," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite 'Sunrise'," during which the anticipation of the sun hitting the lip of the canyon is palpable. The introspective moments of "Variations on 'America'" and Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" are also a nice touch, as they offset the collection's more bombastic moments. Basic versions of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Stars and Stripes Forever" round out the set. ~ Johnny Loftus



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Works Details

>Gould, Morton : American Salute
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Copland, Aaron : Rodeo :: Hoe Down
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Ensemble: Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, march for band
  • Performer: Royal Band
  • Conductor: Keith Brion
  • Ensemble: Royal Artillery Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1900

>Herbert, Victor : Pan-Americana, morceau characteristique for orchestra
  • Performer: Slovak Orchestra
  • Conductor: Keith Brion
  • Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Gould, Morton : Stephen Foster Gallery :: Camptown Races
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Ferde Grofé (Composer) (1892 - 1972) : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra :: Sunrise
  • Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: William Stromberg
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Williams, John : Liberty Fanfare
  • Performer: Philharmonic Rock Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Performer: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Ives, Charles : Variations for Organ on "America"
  • Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Gould, Morton : American Ballads, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1976

>Scofield, G. S. : Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Performer: Richard Hayman & His Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1861

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
  • Performer: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Keith Brion
  • Ensemble: Royal Artillery Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1896

>Smith, John Stafford : The Star-spangled Banner
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1799