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The Mighty Dollar

Can you guess this tune? Here's a hint: a rebound symphony

This symphony was begun during a dark period in the composer’s life, and was only finished with the help of a generous patron. Around the time he began to sketch this symphony, the composer decided to try getting married. This was probably not a very good idea. The marriage was a failure, in part because the composer’s sexual proclivities lay elsewhere. With the composer spiraling into depression and attempted suicide, the symphony was understandably put on hold. By the end of the year, however, he had found encouragement from a generous (and wealthy) patron. Although they carried on an active correspondence for several years, the composer never actually met his benefactor, who became the dedicatee of his (finally finished) symphony.

Music Heard On This Episode

Leonard Bernstein: Money, money, money; The Venice Gavotte
Soloists/London Symphony/Leonard Bernstein — Candide (Deutsche Grammophon, 1991)
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Leonard Bernstein: Money, money, money; The Venice Gavotte
Soloists/London Symphony/Leonard Bernstein — Candide (Deutsche Grammophon, 1991)
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Henry Purcell: Overture; Hark how the songsters; Curtain tune
Soloists/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner — Timon of Athens (Erato, 1988)
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Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor
Pablo Casals, cello/Czech Philharmonic Orch/George Szell — Cello Concerto/Double Concerto (Naxos, 2001)
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John Kander; Fred Ebb: Money; I don't care much
Alan Cumming — Cabaret (RCA Victor Broadway, 1998)
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Richard Wagner: Rienzi: Overture
Vienna Philharmonic/Karl Böhm — Overtures & Preludes (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Giacomo Puccini: Act II Finale
Soloists/Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/James Levine — Manon Lescaut (London, 1993)
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Duke Ellington: Money Jungle
Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach — Money Jungle (Blue Note Records, 2002)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Scene II: In the cellar
Mikhail Guzhov — Complete Operas (Deutsche Grammophon, 2004)
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Ennio Morricone: For a few dollars more
City of Prague Philharmonic/Crouch End Festival Chorus — Cinema Paradiso: The Classic Film Music of Ennio Morricone (Silva America, 1996)
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Kurt Weill: Hosanna Rockefeller! Song of Mandalay
2006 Cast — Happy End (Ghostlight, 2007)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4: Finale
Chicago Symphony/Daniel Barenboim — Symphony No. 4/Romeo and Juliet (Teldec, 1997)
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Edmund Rubbra: My friend has betrayed me; Judas, vile merchant
Gloriae dei cantores/Elizabeth Patterson — Nine Tenebrae Motets (Naxos, 2001)
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Gordy & Bradford/Lennon & McCartney: Money; Can't buy me love
The Beatles — With The Beatles (EMI, 2009)
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