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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a piece that literally sings of springtime!

Many composers often had to take on several other odd jobs in order to sustain themselves. Such was the case with this American composer. In his early days, he had a wide variety of jobs, including work as a church organist and as an insurance salesman. This composer loved to think outside the box when it came to composing music, throwing in techniques that had never been heard in classical music up to that time. While he never achieved significant musical notoriety during his lifetime, he has since become one of our country’s most admired musical figures.

Music Heard On This Episode

Rossini, Gioacchino: Largo al Factotum
London Symphony/Sherrill Milnes, bar/James Levine, cond. — Rossini: The Barber of Seville (EMI Classics, 2004)
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Rossini, Gioacchino: Largo al Factotum
London Symphony/Sherrill Milnes, bar/James Levine, cond. — Rossini: The Barber of Seville (EMI Classics, 2004)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor: Gloria and Et in Terra Pax
The Monteverdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Bach - Mass in B minor (Archiv Produktion, 1990)
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Phillip Glass: Dracula: Mina on the Terrace
The Kronos Quartet — Dracula (Nonesuch, 1999)
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Claudio Monteverdi: Sonata Sopra “Sancta Maria”
Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman, cond. — Monteverdi - Vespers of 1610 (Telarc, 1997)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G: Rondo
Gidon Kremer, violin/Vienna Philharmonic/Nikolaus Harnoncort, cond. — The 5 Violin Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon, 1997)
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Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze: Movements 12 and 13
Vladimir Ashkenazy — Works for Solo Piano (Decca, 2003)
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Marvin Hamlisch: I Hope I Get It!
Original Broadway Cast — A Chorus Line (Masterworks, 2009)
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Thomas Tomkins: When David Heard
Cambridge Singers/John Rutter, cond. — Treasures of English Church Music (Collegium, 1995)
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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell, cond. — Strauss: Don Quixote (Sony, 1997)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore's Aria
Eileen Farrell, sop/Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Max Rudolf, cond. — Beethoven: Fidelio (Andante, 2005)
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Charles Ives: Variations on "America"
Boston Pops Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond. — This Is My Country (RCA, 1993)
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Federico Moreno Torroba: Luisa Fernanda: Cállate corazón!
Anna Netrebko, sop/Staatskapelle Dresden/Nicola Luisotti, cond. — Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazon: Duets (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
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Hoagy Carmichael: Georgia on My Mind
Göran Söllscher, gt. — Mad About Guitars (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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