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At the Museum

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Ether game settles in for our own "Night at the Museum."

Following the death of an artistic friend, this composer attended a posthumous exhibition of his. Several of these paintings inspired movements in this suite. The inspiration for this movement was a blueprint, rather than a painting, but the architectural marvel it depicted didn’t actually exist in real life! The ruins of an actual medieval gate have been present at the site for centuries, with varied attempts at reconstruction being made over the years. The composer’s friend drafted one such attempt. Although the plan was officially approved, it was never constructed, and this musical tribute is the closest it came to being realized…

Music Heard On This Episode

Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: Festivals
Cleveland Orchestra/Pierre Boulez, cond. — La Mer/Nocturnes (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: Festivals
Cleveland Orchestra/Pierre Boulez, cond. — La Mer/Nocturnes (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis: Gloria, For Thou Alone art Holy
Berlin Philharmonic/Berlin Radio Choir/Sir George Solti, cond. — Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Decca, 1995)
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Jacques Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Act III Trio
Soloists/Staatskapelle Dresden/Jeffrey Tate, cond. — Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann (Philips, 1992)
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Erik Satie: Parade
Unknown Orchesta/Antal Dorati, cond. — Dorati Conducts Satie, Milhaud, Auric, Françaix & Fetler (Philips, 1994)
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Paul Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler: Concert of Angels
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Mathis Der Maler / Symphonic Metamorphoses (Deutsche Grammophon, 1991)
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Josquin des Prez: You Alone, Who Works Miracles
Netherlands Chamber Choir/Paul van Nevel, cond. — Vox Neerlandica 1 (NM Classics, 2007)
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Don McLean: Vincent
Don McLean — American Pie (Capitol, 2003)
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Igor Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress: No Word From Tom
Renee Fleming, sop/Metropolitan Opera Orchesta/James Levine, cond. — I Want Magic! ~ American Opera Arias (Decca, 1998)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons "Winter:" 1st and 2nd Movements
Gidon Kremer, violin/Kremerata Baltica — Vivaldi and Piazzolla: Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Stephen Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George: Beautiful Sunday, Sunday
Original Broadway Cast — Sunday in the Park with George (RCA, 2007)
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Modeste Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev
Byron Janis, piano — Moussorgsky: Picture at an Exhibition/Chopin: Etude in F major/Waltz in A minor (Philips, 1994)
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Enrique Granados: Goyescas: The Maiden and the Nightingale
Alicia de Larrocha, piano — Enrique Granados: Goyescas / Allegro de Concierto / Danza Lenta / El Pelele (RCA, 1991)
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Kenny Picket & Eddie Phillips: Painter Man
The Creation — Painter Man (Edsel Records UK, 1994)
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