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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Old-Testament tunes set to new music.

Noted for its particular musical difficulty, this selection quotes a centennial scripture. Together with the work that was composed immediately before this piece, the two are the most overt in their themes based on the religious and ethnic identity of the composer. The first has been described as a work often at the edge of despair, while this music is joyful and at times serene.

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9: Fourth Movement
Veinna Philharmonic/Vienna Singers/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Mad About Beethoven (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9: Fourth Movement
Veinna Philharmonic/Vienna Singers/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Mad About Beethoven (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Aaron Copland: Tender Land Suite: Finale
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Aaron Copland, cond. — Appalachian Spring; The Tender Land Suite (RCA, 1993)
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Hector Berlioz: Summer Nights: Excerpts
Anne Sofie von Otter/Berlin Philharmonic/James Levine, cond. — Romeo and Juliet / Les Nuits D'Ete (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Duke Ellington: Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington Orchestra — Centennial Collection (RCA, 2004)
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5: Fourth Movement
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Karajan: Adagio (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Te Deum
Le Concert Spirituel/Herve Niquet, cond. — Lully: Grands Motets, vol. 1 (FNAC, 1993)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Keyboard & Orchestra: First Movement
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra/Emanuel Ax, piano and conductor — Haydn: Piano Concertos (Sony, 2002)
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Richard Strauss: Don Juan
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, cond. — Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Richard Strauss: Don Juan (RCA, 1990)
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Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — The Joy of Bernstein (Deutsche Grammophon, 1994)
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Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise
Bobby McFerrin, vocals/Yo-Yo Ma, cello — Yo-Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin: Hush (Sony, 1992)
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Ludwig Spohr: Double Quartet in D minor
St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble — Spohr: Double Quartets (Hyperion UK, 1998)
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Nadia Boulanger: The Dead Villa
Emile Naoumoff, piano — Autour de Lili Boulanger (Saphir, 2006)
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John Williams: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: End Credits
Boston Pops Orchesta/John Williams, cond. — The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music (Silva America, 2003)
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