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Around the Clock

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Listen for the clock striking twelve…

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Photo: Leo Reynolds

Ether Game makes time fly with a little musical fun and frustration.

This composer found the poetry of older generations particularly appealing. The poet who wrote these lines, for example, had died around the time the composer was born. But he managed to find current, relevant emotions in these older poems, setting them as two song-cycles for voice and orchestra during a time of great personal crisis…

Music Heard On This Episode

Bernard Herrmann: Vertigo: Nightmare and Dawn
Royal Scottish Orchestra/Joe McNeely, cond. — In Session: Film Music Celebration (Varese Sarabande, 2001)
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Bernard Herrmann: Vertigo: Nightmare and Dawn
Royal Scottish Orchestra/Joe McNeely, cond. — In Session: Film Music Celebration (Varese Sarabande, 2001)
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Joseph Haydn: "Sunrise" Quartet: Movement 1
The Delmé Quartet — String Quartets (Klavier, 2000)
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Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt: Morning Mood
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi, cond. — Grieg: Peer Gynt (Virgin Classics, 2005)
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Maurice Ravel: The Jester's Alborada
Chicago Symphony/Fritz Reiner, cond. — Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Debussy: Iberia (RCA, 1989)
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Antonin Dvorak: The Noon Witch
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — Dvorak: Symphony No. 8; The Noon Witch (Warner Music France, 1999)
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Benjamin Britten: Friday Afternoons
New London Children's Choir/Alexander Wells, piano/Ronald Corp, cond. — Britten: Ceremony of Carols (Naxos, 1995)
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Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer 1915
Kathleen Battle, s/Orchestra of St Luke's/Andre Previn, cond. — Previn: Honey and Rue; Barber: Knoxville; Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Elmer Bernstein: To Kill a Mockingbird: Creepy Caper, Footsteps in the Dark
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Elmer Bernstein, cond. — To Kill A Mockingbird: Original Motion Picture Score (Varese Sarabande, 1997)
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Frederic Chopin: Nocturne
Edward Auer, piano — Vol. 1-Chopin Nocturnes (Culture/Demain, 2008)
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John Dowland: From Silent Night
John Potter, t/Stephen Stubbs, lute/Maya Homburger, vln/John Surman, bs clarinet — John Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell (Ecm Import, 2000)
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Gustav Mahler: Rückert Songs; “At Midnight”
Thomas Hampson, bar/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder (Deutsche Grammophon, 1991)
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Bernard Rands: Canti Lunatici: The Waning Moon, Night is Done
Lucy Shelton, s/Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose, cond. — Bernard Rands: Canti Trilogy (Arsis Records, 2005)
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George Harrison: Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles — Abbey Road (Remastered) (EMI, 2009)
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