The Well-Tempered Ear

1 Comment »

  1. It’s so nice to see the youth orchestras forcefully active.

    Meanwhile, I’m listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Eugene Ormandy playing America’s greatest composer, in my opinion: Aaron Copeland.

    The piece is his wonderful “Fanfare for the Common Man”. He was such a democrat (small d) Other great compositions (I can only touch on his highlights):

    El Salón México (an inspiration for his close friend, Leonard Bernstein);

    he ballet score, Billy the Kid;

    the film score for Of Mice and Men;

    “Piano Fantasy”;

    Quiet City (1940);

    Our Town (1940);

    Prairie Journal;

    Four Piano Blues;

    Lincoln Portrait;

    Rodeo (ballet);

    Appalachian Spring;

    Clarinet Concerto (commissioned by Benny Goodman);

    The Tender Land (opera);

    Third Symphony;

    And I’m missing lots more. Note the VARIETY.

    No wonder that Ormandy, Serge Koussevitzky (our best all around conductor ever), Benny Goodman, FDR, Nadia Boulanger, all adored him.

    And such a democrat: “The composer who is frightened of losing his artistic integrity through contact with a mass audience is no longer aware of the meaning of the word art.”

    He was our best.

    Comment by fflambeau — August 5, 2019 @ 8:29 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,196 other followers

    Blog Stats

    • 2,066,292 hits
    August 2019
    M T W T F S S
    « Jul    
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262728293031  
%d bloggers like this: