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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s one of the first big orchestral showstoppers.

The Enlightenment is regarded by many as a time when new ideas and new philosophies about life began to redefine European culture. Numerous groups popped up all over Europe where intelligent men could meet and discuss the ups and downs of society. The composer of this selection was a member of one such group. For one of his last works, he got together with his friend and fellow secret society member to create a fantasy piece for the stage. As it turns out, this “fantasy opera” is filled with the codes, symbols and philosophical ideas of their beloved secret society.

Music Heard On This Episode

Alban Berg (1885-1935): Three Pieces for Orchestra: Round Dance
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis, cond. — Berg: Violin Concerto; Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6 (Philips, 1990)
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Alban Berg (1885-1935): Three Pieces for Orchestra: Round Dance
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis, cond. — Berg: Violin Concerto; Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6 (Philips, 1990)
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George Gershwin (1898-1937): Sweet and Low-Down
Joshua Bell, violin/London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams, cond. — Gershwin Fantasy (Sony, 1998)
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Carl Philip Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Flute Concerto in A: Allegro assai
Rachel Brown, baroque flute/Brandenburg Consort/Roy Goodman, harpsichord and cond. — CPE Bach Flute Concertos (Hyperion UK, 2001)
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Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: Act II, Boris' Monologue
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, bass/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski, cond. — Mussorgsku (Cala, 2006)
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Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Gloria: Qui Sedes ad Dexteram Patris
Sylvia McNair, soprano/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Robert Shaw, cond. — Poulenc: Gloria (Telarc, 1985)
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Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944): A Hermit Thrush at Eve
Christopher O'Reilly, piano — Cabildo and Six Short Pieces (Delos Records, 1995)
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Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Requiem: Offertory
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers, cond. — Victoria: Requiem 1605 (Coro, 2005)
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Charles Gounod (1818-1893): Faust Waltzes
Pepe Romero, guitar — Opera Fantasy for Guitar (Polygram Records, 1996)
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Aaron Copland (1900-1990): The Red Pony Suite: Grandfather's Tale
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin, cond. — Copland: Music for Films (RCA, 1994)
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Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Cinderella (suite for two pianos): Finale
Martha Argerich and Mikhail Pletnev, pianos — Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite; Ravel: La Mère l'Oye (Deutsche Grammophon, 2004)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Magic Flute: Overture
Vienna Philharmonic/George Solti, cond. — Die Zauberflöte (Decca, 1991)
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Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 1: Gagliarda
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Ancient Airs and Dances 1 & 3, Three Botticelli Pictures, The Birds (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Mick Jagger (b. 1943) and Keith Richards (b. 1943): 19th Nervous Breakdown
The Rolling Stones — Out of Our Heads (Abkco, 2002)
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