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In Memoriam

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? A Romantic imitates the style of his Baroque forerunner in remembering close friends.

Although you might think by the title of this composition that it was dedicated to a Baroque master, the true nature of the music lies in a 20th century event. The composer adopted the style of another composer in this deeply personal work that remembers his friends lost in the First World War. When he was confronted for the light-hearted nature of this elegy, he replied, “The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Stuttgart Chamber Orchesta/Dennis Russell Davies, cond. — Piano Concertos (Ecm Records, 1996)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Stuttgart Chamber Orchesta/Dennis Russell Davies, cond. — Piano Concertos (Ecm Records, 1996)
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Johannes Brahms: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place
Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Boston Symphony Orch/James Levine, cond. — Ein Deutsches Requiem (Boston Symphony Orch, 2009)
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Percy Grainger: Irish Tunes from County Derry
Dallas Wind Symphony/Jerry Junkin, cond. — Crown Imperial (Reference Recordings, 2007)
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William Croft: Airs in "The Funeral" or "Grief a-la-Mode"
London Oboe Band/Paul Goodwin, dir. — Playhouse Aires: 18th Century English Theatre Music (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1997)
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Franz Schubert: Gravedigger's Homesickness
Ian Bostridge, t/Leif Ove Andsnes, piano — Piano Sonata D. 958; Lieder; Fragments (EMI Classics, 2007)
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Robert Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style: Nos 4 and 5
Dirk Altmann and Rudolf Konic, basset horns — Marchenerzahlungen (Hanssler Classics, 2004)
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Josquin des Prez: Nymphs of the Woods
Hilliard Ensemble — The Da Vinci Collection-Music of the Renaissance (EMI Classics, 2006)
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George Gershwin: They Can't Take That Away From Me
Pierre Huybregts and Carol Wallace Payne, pianos — Celebration / Arrangements for 2 Pianos (Centaur, 1993)
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Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
La Pieta — Arvo Part: Portrait (Analekta, 2010)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3: Funeral March
Philharmonia Orchesta/Otto Klemperer, cond. — The Klemperer Legacy (Angel Records, 1998)
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Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Cleveland Orchesta/Pierre Boulez, cond. — Sheherazade / Tombeau De Couperin / Pavane (Dg Imports, 2004)
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Roger Ames: Choral Reflections on Amazing Grace
Atlanta Sacred Chorale — Visions (da Chiesa Sound Recordings, 2009)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber: Memory
Betty Buckley, soprano — Cats: Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording (Decca Broadway, 1993)
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