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This composer’s output is small, but it appears incredible when one considers that music was not his primary profession. For this reason, the work we’re hearing—his only opera, took nearly twenty years to write, and was never fully finished! After the composer’s death, several of his friends completed the opera for him. Famous for its exotic dances, the opera dramatizes a medieval conflict between a growing empire and a nomadic tribe.

Music Heard On This Episode

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
English Concert/Trevor Pinnock — Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos / 4 Orchestral Suites (Archiv Produktion, 1989)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
English Concert/Trevor Pinnock — Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos / 4 Orchestral Suites (Archiv Produktion, 1989)
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Robert Schumann: Dances of the League of David
András Schiff, piano — Arabeske / Davidsbundlertanze (Elektra / Wea, 1995)
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Jean-Baptiste: The Bourgeois Gentleman: Turkish March; "What a Spectacle"
Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra/Skip Sempé, cond. — Versailles: L'Île enchantée (Alpha Productions, 2004)
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Richard Wagner: Meistersingers of Nuremburg: Prize Song
René Kollo and Norman Bailey/Vienna Opera Chorus & Philharmonic/George Solti, cond. — Greatest Tenor Show on Earth (Polygram Records, 1999)
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Hector Berlioz: Sarah, the Bather
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo/Cord Garben, piano — Melodies (Deutsche Grammophon, 1994)
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Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 2
Emerson String Quartet — American Originals - Ives & Barber (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Charlie Parker & Benny Harris: Ornithology
Charlie Parker/Miles Davis/Al Haig/Tommy Potter/Max Roach — Best of The Complete Live Performances on Savoy (Savoy Jazz, 2002)
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Philip Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox: from "Wichita Vortex Sutra"
Allen Ginsberg, voice/Philip Glass, piano — Hydrogen Jukebox (Nonesuch, 1993)
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William Billings: Thanksgiving Anthem
His Majestie's Clerkes — Home to Thanksgiving (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1999)
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George Antheil: Airplane Sonata
Marthanne Verbit, piano — George Antheil, Bad Boy of Music (Albany Records, 2006)
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Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
Boston Pops/John Williams, cond. — Pops a la Russe (Philips, 1990)
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Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Paul Klee
Radio Philharmonic of Hannover/Gunther Schuller, cond. — Robert DiDomenica: Three Orchestral Works (G.M. Recordings, 2001)
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Cole Porter: Fifty Million Frenchmen: You Do Something To Me; Queen of Terre Haute
Studio Cast/Orchestra New England/Evans Haile, cond. — Fifty Million Frenchmen (1991 Studio Cast) (New World Records, 1992)
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