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Dog Days

Can you name this tune? Here's a hint: too hot to play the violin...

Although these concertos were originally published side-by-side with several others, these four have been singled out over time and become a set. In the score, each concerto is accompanied by a poetic sonnet, possibly by the composer himself! But because of the massive amount of anonymous poetry in print from this period, it is likely we will never know for sure. In the parts, specific indications let the performers know what’s happening in the “plot.” This concerto depicts the dog days with the musical images of stifling heat and sudden thunderstorms.

Music Heard On This Episode

Antonio Vivaldi: Summer
Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer, violin — Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Summer
Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer, violin — Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Charles Ives: Holidays Symphony
Chicago Symphony Orch/Michael Tilson Thomas — Holidays Symphony (Sony, 1990)
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Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Symphony 1: A Creole Celebration
Hot Springs Festival Sym/Richard Rosenberg — Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (Naxos American, 2007)
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Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Sylvia McNair, s/Atlanta Symphony/Yoel Levi — Barber: Knoxville (Telarc, 1992)
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Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 3: Movement 1
Vienna Philharmonic/Pierre Boulez — Symphonie No. 3 (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
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Felix Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding march
Bamberg Symphony/Claus Peter Flor — Symphonies; Overtures; Concertos (RCA, 2005)
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Jim Jacobs; Warren Casey: Summer nights
Olivia Newton-John; John Travolta; Cast — Grease (Polydor / Umgd, 1991)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony 6: Movements 3 and 4
Orchestra of the 18th century/Franz Brüggen — Symphonies 4 and 6 (Philips, 1991)
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Alban Berg: Seven early songs: Night, Summer days
Anne Sofie von Otter, ms/Bengt Forsberg, piano — Love's Twilight (Dg Imports, 1994)
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Mickey Newbury: The Thirty-Third of August
Mickey Newbury — Winter Winds (Mountain Retreat, 2002)
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Astor Piazzolla: Summer in Buenos Aires
Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer, violin — Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Aaron Jay Kernis: Too Hot Toccata
Grant Park Orchestra — Symphony in Waves (Cedille, 2008)
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Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey: Hot Stuff
Donna Summer — The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer (Utv Records, 2003)
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