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August 07, 2020

Music for a While #31: Four-handed phenomena

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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The title of this episode pretty much tells the story: Jay discusses, plays, and celebrates piano duets.

Schubert, “Marche militaire” No. 1 in D major, Op. 51, No. 1

Debussy, “En bateau,” from the “Petite Suite”

Mendelssohn, Andante and Allegro brillant, Op. 92

Mozart, Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat

July 24, 2020

Music for a While #30: A joyful jolt

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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Actually, Jay says “an ingenious, joyful jolt.” He is speaking of the Toccata in G by Théodore Dubois. That’s how the podcast begins. We also get Grieg (and a memory of a TV game show, long ago). Lead Belly (singing “Study War No More”). Mozart, Hahn, and “America”—a fugue on “America,” which is also known as “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” (and as “God Save the Queen” by some of our cousins).

Dubois, Toccata in G

Grieg, “Morning Mood” from “Peer Gynt”

Trad., “Study War No More

Mozart, “Soave sia il vento” from “Così fan tutte”

Hahn, Danse, Piano Concerto

Thayer, Fugue on “America” from the Organ Sonata No. 2

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