Sunday, February 3, 2008

American Classics

I'd have to say my favorite American composer is Aaron Copland. I got three from him today.

Appalachian Spring via the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra
David Matthies, Conducting

Hoedown via Symphonic Orchestra of Poznan's music high-school

Fanfare for the Common Man via Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

And a note about the ELP offering: You classical purists might consider it drivel (in the same light as you consider the Bond girls) but I ask you to open your minds. Personally, I find it amazing the works of the old masters can translate so well into the modern era. It says a lot for the timeless nature of the classics.

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