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Jay Nordlinger

May 17, 2023

Music for a While #75: A coronation, a swan & more

“Zadok the Priest” is the musical hit of British coronations, and has been since the 1720s. “The Swan” is a hit too, and is never more magical than in Godowsky’s piano arrangement. These are two of the selections in this episode. Others are by Mozart, Leroy Anderson, and other worthies. An appetizing, eclectic menu.

Handel, “Zadok the Priest

Mozart, Serenade from “Don Giovanni”

Anderson, Piano Concerto in C

Handel, “Ah, mio cor, schernito sei,” from “Alcina”

Saint-Saëns-Godowsky, “The Swan

Bacewicz, String Quartet No. 4

Cilea, “Poveri fiori” from “Adriana Lecouvreur”

Bach-Godowsky, Andante from the Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor

April 24, 2023

Music for a While #74: Speak low, speak high

Jay concludes this episode with “Speak Low,” the Kurt Weill song (lyrics by Ogden Nash). Before that, you have any number of other interesting things. Well, a specific number: six. A very tasty menu of music.

Handel, “The Harmonious Blacksmith

Strauss, “Malven

Boccherini-Berio, “Ritirata notturna di Madrid

García Lorca, “Sevillanas

Wagner, “Lohengrin,” Prelude to Act III

Wolf, “Die Spröde

Weill & Nash, “Speak Low

April 05, 2023

Music for a While #73: Happy Easter

A program of music, by a slew of composers.

Bach, “Preis und Dank,” from the Easter Oratorio

Bach, “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein,” from the St. Matthew Passion

Mascagni, Easter Hymn, from “Cavalleria rusticana”

Trad., arr. Bonds, “You Can Tell the World

Handel, “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” from “Messiah”

Rimsky-Korsakov, “Russian Easter Festival Overture

Fauré, Pie Jesu, from Requiem

East, James H., “He’s So Wonderful

Mahler, Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

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