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King for a Day

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It is has a royal background!

This music honors an Austrian king. It was written to accompany a play about an older Hungarian king. The composer wrote this piece while taking a “rest cure” at a spa, as wars raged through Europe.

Music Heard On This Episode

Anderson, Leroy (1908-1975): Sleigh Ride; The First Day of Spring
Boston Symphony Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond. — The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics (Dg Imports, 2003)
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Anderson, Leroy (1908-1975): Sleigh Ride; The First Day of Spring
Boston Symphony Orch/Arthur Fiedler, cond. — The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics (Dg Imports, 2003)
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Purcell, Henry (1659-1695): Dido and Aeneas: When I am Laid in Earth, With Drooping Wings
Veronique Gens, soprano/Les Arts Florissants/William Christie, cond. — Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Erato, 1995)
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Strauss, Johann Jr (1825-1899): Pizzicato Polka
CSR Symphony Orchestra/Alfred Walter, cond. — Johann Strauss Jr.: Famous Waltzes, Polkas, Marches & Overtures, Vol. 2 (Naxos, 1993)
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Rodgers, Richard (1902-1979): The King and I: Main Title and Getting to Know You
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/John Mauceri, cond. — The King and I (RCA Red Seal, 1990)
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Liszt, Franz (1813-1886): Die Loreley
Dichter, Misha — The Best of Liszt (Philips, 1996)
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Schubert, Franz (1797-1828): Erlkönig and Wanderer's Night Song
Bostridge, Ian — 25 Lieder (EMI Classics, 2005)
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Bizet, Georges (1838-1875): L'Arlesienne, Suite No 2: Farandole and Minuet
Orchestra de la Bastille/Myung-Whun Chung — Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite (Deutsche Grammophon, 1992)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): The Magic Flute: Queen of the Night Aria
Karin Ott, soprano/Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Mad About Sopranos (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Hawkins, Roy (d. 1973): The Thrill is Gone
B.B. King — Thrill is Gone (A Jazz Hour With, 1999)
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Honegger, Artur (1892-1955): King David: Selections
Festival Chorus of St Denis/Orchestre National de Lille/Jean-Claude Casadesus, cond. — Artur Honegger: Le Roi David (EMI, 1993)
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Beethoven, Ludwig van: King Stephen: Overture
Vienna Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Beethoven: The Overtures (Polygram Records, 1991)
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Adam, Adolphe (1803-1856): If I Were King
National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Televsion/ Richard Hayman, cond. — Famous French Overtures: The Crown Diamonds; The Bronze Horse; If I Were King (Naxos, 1994)
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Queen: Killer Queen and Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen — Sheer Heart Attack (Hollywood Records, 1991)
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