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That’s All Folks

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: third time's the charm.

Note: the audio for this show will be available on June 8, 2011

From the earliest stages of his musical career, this composer was interested in folk music. In 1913, he used the traditional English melody “Greensleeves” in his incidental music for two of his stage works. Fifteen years later, he used it for the third time in an opera. From this setting of the folk melody, this composer arranged the song for orchestra and used a traditional tune from Norfolk entitled Lovely Joan as a contrasting middle section of the work. The song Lovely Joan tells the story of a beautiful young girl who has the last laugh on an unfaithful lover. It made an excellent counterpoint to the subject of Greensleeves, a young man who has been jilted by his girlfriend!

Music Heard On This Episode

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4: Finale
Vienna Philharmonic/Christophe von Dohnanyi, cond — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4/1812 Overture (London, 1991)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4: Finale
Vienna Philharmonic/Christophe von Dohnanyi, cond — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4/1812 Overture (London, 1991)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je Maman"
Helen Huang, piano — For Children (Elektra / Wea, 1997)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Trio Sonata "La Folia"
Musica Antiqua Köln/Reinhard Goebel, cond — Flute Concertos (Archiv Produktion, 2002)
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Paul Simon: Scarborough Fair
Simon and Garfunkel — Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits (Sony, 1990)
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Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring: Variations on a Shaker Hymn
Baltimore Symphony Orch/David Zinman, cond — The Ultimate Copland Album (Decca, 1999)
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Heinrich von Biber: Battalia in D major
Musica Antiqua Köln/Reinhard Goebel, cond — Scherzi Musicali (Archiv, 1990)
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Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor: Largo
Cleveland Orch/George Szell, cond — Three Great Symphonies (Sony, 1998)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104: Finale
Scottish Chamber Orch/Gerard Schwarz, cond — Haydn Symphonies (Delos, 1987)
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Lloyd Price: Stagger Lee
Lloyd Price — The best of Lloyd Price (Mca, 2002)
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Zoltan Kodaly: Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song
Vienna Philharmonic Orch/Georg Solti, cond — Elgar: Enigma Variations (Decca, 1997)
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Ralph Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia On Greensleeves
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner, cond — Fantasia On Greensleeves (London, 1997)
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Gamal Abdel-Rahim: Variations on a Egyptian Folk Song
William Chapman Nyaho, piano — Senku - Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (MSR Classics, 2003)
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George Poulton/Ken Darby: Love me tender
Elvis Presley — Jailhouse Rock & Love Me Tender (RCA Victor Europe, 1997)
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