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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: close encounters of the athletic kind…

Note: the audio for this show will be available on June 15, 2011

This composer has written for television, from one of his earliest composing jobs on the show “Lost in Space” to, more recently, theme music for the NBC nightly news. He has composed for civic functions, such as the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. He also composed the popular fanfare “Summon the Heroes” in 1996, but he has also composed music for the Olympics of 1984, 1986, and 2002! As a studio pianist in the 1960s, he can be heard on the scores to films such as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and television shows such as Peter Gunn.

Music Heard On This Episode

John Philip Sousa: The National Game
Eastman Wind Ens/Frederick Fennell, cond — Fennell Conducts Sousa (Philips, 1992)
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John Philip Sousa: The National Game
Eastman Wind Ens/Frederick Fennell, cond — Fennell Conducts Sousa (Philips, 1992)
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George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Columbia Jazz Band/George Gershwin/Michael Tilson Thomas, cond — Preludes, Fugues and Riffs: Jazz in Classical Music (Sony, 1999)
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Charles Ives: Old home days
William Sharp, bar/Steven Blier, p/Jayne Rosenfeld, piccolo — The Complete Songs of Charles Ives, Vol. 3 (Albany Records, 1995)
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James Horner: The Cornfield
Studio Orchestra/James Horner, cond — Field of Dreams: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (RCA, 1989)
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Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan — Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana (Nimbus Records, 1993)
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Erik Satie: Sports and Divertisments
Eve Egoyan, p — Hidden Corners (Recoins) (CBC Records, 2002)
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William Schuman: Excerpts
Juilliard Opera Center and Orchestra/James Russel Dryer, cond — The Mighty Casey; A Question of Taste (Delos Records, 1994)
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Claude Debussy: Jeux
Cleveland Orchesta/Pierre Boulez, cond — La Mer / Nocturnes / Jeux / Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Michael Torke: Javelin
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Yoel Levi, cond — Javelin (Polygram Records, 1996)
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Arthur Honegger: Symphonic Movement 2: Rugby
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond — French Masterpieces (Sony, 1998)
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John Williams: Summon The Heroes
Boston Pops/John Williams. cond — Summon The Heroes (Sony, 2010)
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Joseph Suk: Towards a new Life
Boston Pops/John Williams. cond — Summon The Heroes (Sony, 2010)
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Jack Norworth; Albert von Tilzer: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
(1) Andrews Sisters/ (2) Uri Caine, p/Stuart Zagnit, voice — Take Me Out to the Ball Game! (Cmh Records, 2003)
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