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>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Bamboula, danse des negres for piano, Op. 2, D. 13 (RO 20)
>Foster, Stephen : My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano
>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
>MacDowell, Edward : To a Wild Rose
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Liberty Bell, march for band
>Joplin, Scott : The Entertainer
>Ives, Charles : At the River
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue (Jazzband version)
>Gershwin, George : Three Preludes
>     no 2 in C sharp minor (Andante con moto e poco rubato)
>Hanson, Howard : Symphony no 2 "Romantic"
>     2. Andante
>Ellington, Duke : Mood Indigo
>Grofe, Ferde [Composer] : Grand Canyon Suite
>     On the Trail
>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
>Porter, Cole : Anything Goes
>     Overture
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Rodgers, Richard : Pal Joey
>     Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring
>     1. Very slowly
>     2. Allegro
>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun
>     Overture
>     Act 1. Doin' what comes natur'lly
>     Act 1. The girl that I marry
>     Act 1. You can't get a man with a gun
>     Act 2. Anything that you can do
>Copland, Aaron : The Little Horses, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
>Copland, Aaron : The Dodger, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs)
>Copland, Aaron : Long Time Ago, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs)
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story Symphonic Dances
>     2. Somewhere
>Glass, Philip : Facades
>Reich, Steve : Vermont Counterpoint
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra

Album Summary

>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Bamboula, danse des negres for piano, Op. 2, D. 13 (RO 20)
>Foster, Stephen : My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano
>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
>MacDowell, Edward : To a Wild Rose
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Liberty Bell, march for band
>Joplin, Scott : The Entertainer
>Ives, Charles : At the River
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue (Jazzband version)
>Gershwin, George : Three Preludes
>Hanson, Howard : Symphony no 2 "Romantic"
>Ellington, Duke : Mood Indigo
>Grofe, Ferde [Composer] : Grand Canyon Suite
>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
>Porter, Cole : Anything Goes
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Rodgers, Richard : Pal Joey
>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring
>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun
>Copland, Aaron : The Little Horses, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
>Copland, Aaron : The Dodger, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs)
>Copland, Aaron : Long Time Ago, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs)
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story Symphonic Dances
>Glass, Philip : Facades
>Reich, Steve : Vermont Counterpoint
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
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>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Bamboula, danse des nègres for piano, Op. 2, D. 13 (RO 20)
  • Performer: Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1844-45.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844-1845

>Foster, Stephen : My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Salli Terri (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1853

>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
  • Performers: Evan Stover (Violin); Jay Ungar (Violin); Matt Glaser (Violin); Molly Mason (Guitar); Thomas Hampson; Tony Trischka (Banjo)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1862

>MacDowell, Edward : To a Wild Rose
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Liberty Bell, march for band
  • Conductor: Timothy Foley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1893

>Joplin, Scott : The Entertainer
  • Performer: Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Ives, Charles : At the River
  • Performers: John McCabe (Piano); Marni Nixon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue (Jazzband version)
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Three Preludes :: no 2 in C sharp minor (Andante con moto e poco rubato)
  • Performer: Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Hanson, Howard : Symphony no 2 "Romantic" :: 2. Andante
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1930

>Ellington, Duke : Mood Indigo
  • Performers: Monty Alexander Trio (Trio); Barbara Hendricks
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Irving Mills (1894 - 1985), Barney Bigard (1906 - 1980).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Ferde Grofé (Composer) (1892 - 1972) : Grand Canyon Suite :: On the Trail
  • Conductor: Felix Slatkin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
  • Performers: Richard Bennett (Piano); Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
  • Conductor: Neil Richardson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Anything Goes :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Rodgers, Richard : Pal Joey :: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  • Performer: Frederica Von Stade
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
  • Performers: Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin); Peter Washington (Double Bass); Bobby Watson; Simon Gardner (Trumpet); Mark Goodchild (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
  • Conductor: Enrique Bátiz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring :: 1. Very slowly
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1945

>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring :: 2. Allegro
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1945

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun :: Overture
  • Performers: Kim Criswell (Soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun :: Act 1. Doin' what comes natur'lly
  • Performers: Kim Criswell (Soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun :: Act 1. The girl that I marry
  • Performers: Kim Criswell (Soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun :: Act 1. You can't get a man with a gun
  • Performers: Kim Criswell (Soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun :: Act 2. Anything that you can do
  • Performers: Kim Criswell (Soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Copland, Aaron : The Little Horses, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
  • Performer: Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Copland, Aaron : The Dodger, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs)
  • Performer: Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Copland, Aaron : Long Time Ago, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs)
  • Performer: Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
  • Performer: Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story Symphonic Dances :: 2. Somewhere
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Glass, Philip : Facades
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Reich, Steve : Vermont Counterpoint
  • Performer: Ransom Wilson (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986