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Can you name this tune? Breathe in that Valhalla napalm and see if that helps…

In the late 1970s, this operatic chorus was written directly into the script of a famous Vietnam War film, taking it out of the realm of mythology and into horrifyingly realistic conflict. But the work probably didn’t need the added publicity. The opera in which it appeared was part of a cycle of works that revolutionized the genre. Nor was this war film the first—films as disparate as “Birth of a Nation” and “Bugs Bunny” had already both taken a crack at it…

Music Heard On This Episode

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem: Confutatis, Lacrimosa
Philharmonia Choir and Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini — Music for You (Sony, 2001)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem: Confutatis, Lacrimosa
Philharmonia Choir and Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini — Music for You (Sony, 2001)
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Giacomo Puccini: O soave fanciulla
Jerry Hadley, Angelina Réaux, Thomas Hampson/Orch, Natl Acad of Santa Cecilia — Mad About Puccini (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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György Ligeti: Atmospheres
New York Phil/Leonard Bernstein — Music of Our Century (Sony, 2000)
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Johann Strauss Jr: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Vienna Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan — Strauss: The Best of Vienna (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c
Glenn Gould, piano — The Glenn Gould Edition (Sony, 1994)
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Camille Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony: Maestoso
Berlin Philharmonic/James Levine — Organ Symphony (Deutsche Grammophon, 1987)
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Carl Orff: O Fortuna; I Bemoan the Wounds of Fortune
Symphony Orchestra of Montreal/Charles Dutoit — Carmina Burana (London, 1997)
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony 5: Adagietto
Vienna Philharmonic/Pierre Boulez — Bride of the Wind (Deutsche Grammophon, 2001)
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Frederic Chopin: Preludes No. 2 and No. 4
Maria João Pires — Preludes (Dg Imports, 1995)
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Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner — Complete Overtures (Umvd Labels, 2003)
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Richard Wagner: Ride of Valkyries
Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Karajan Spectacular (Deutsche Grammophon, 1998)
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Hugo Alfvén: Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 “Midsummer Vigil”
Göteborg Symphony/Neeme Järvi — The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
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Chuck Berry: Roll Over Beethoven
Chuck Berry — Roll Over Beethoven (Phantom Sound & Vision, 2008)
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