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July 01, 2020

Music for a While #29: America: plenty good room

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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In honor of Independence Day, Jay does an all American program: ending with “Plenty Good Room,” the spiritual. He begins with some ballet, cowboy style: “Hoe Down” (Copland). Along the way, we have songs, piano pieces, an aria, some bluegrass—Happy Fourth, to all.

Copland, “Hoe-Down,” from “Rodeo”

MacDowell, “By a Meadow Brook,” from “Woodland Sketches”

Beach, “Ah, Love, but a Day

Wheeler, Scott, “Isolation Rag

Hoiby, “Lady of the Harbor

Meyer, Edgar, et al. (?), “Death by Triple Fiddle

Floyd, “Ain’t It a Pretty Night?” from “Susannah”

Gershwin-Heifetz, Prelude in C-sharp Minor

Trad., “Plenty Good Room

June 23, 2020

Music for a While #28: Poems, songs, and shouts

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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This episode begins with a shout—“a shout of joy on the organ,” Jay says. It also has a poem, written and recited by Langston Hughes. And a song, setting that same poem. The episode includes a little Broadway—and other curiosities, finds, and wonders. Enjoy “music for a while.”

Hughes-Manz, “God of Grace and God of Glory

Langston Hughes, “I, Too

Margaret Bonds, “I, Too

Frederic Rzewski, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Coleman-Stewart, “Thank God I’m Old

Herbert Murrill, “Carillon

Handel, “O Lord, whose mercies numberless,” from Saul

Trad., arr. Bonds, “This Little Light o’ Mine

June 18, 2020

Eric Gibson & James Panero discuss sculpture in exile & culture under siege

featuring James Panero and Eric Gibson

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In a new podcast from The New Criterion, Eric Gibson and James Panero discuss sculpture in exile and culture under siege.

Eric Gibson’s book The Necessity of Sculpture: Selected Essays and Criticism, 1985–2019 can be found here.

June 10, 2020

Music for a While #27: Vexed and unvexed

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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“Got a real smorgasbord for you,” says Jay—“even more than usual. An almost wacky variety.” He begins with Rachmaninoff, turns to Satie, then to a classic American song, then to Satie again, then to Penderecki, and on to Fauré and Busoni (no, not Bach-Busoni). Some interesting issues, points, personalities, and, of course, music.

Tracks played:

Rachmaninoff, “Spring Waters

Satie, “Vexations

Androzzo, Alma Bazel, “If I Can Help Somebody

Satie, “Gymnopédie

Penderecki, “La Follia

Fauré, “Le secret

Busoni, “Berceuse