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In this piece, the composer goes far beyond simply transcribing music from his favorite opera. He expands it, elaborates upon it, and gives to it his unmistakable virtuosic voice. This special type of transcription, called “reminiscences” or “memories,” was popular with Romantic composers, who relished the act of filtering and transforming older works through their own sensibilities. The story of this opera, about an unrepentant seducer, also appealed to the composer, although he probably came away from the opera with a different lesson than was intended…

Music Heard On This Episode

Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Sylvia McNair, soprano/Atlanta Symphony Orch/Yoel Levi, cond. — Music of Samuel Barber (Telarc, 1992)
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Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Sylvia McNair, soprano/Atlanta Symphony Orch/Yoel Levi, cond. — Music of Samuel Barber (Telarc, 1992)
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Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration: Happy Recollections of Childhood
RCA Victor Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, cond. — Strauss: Symphonia Domestica (Classic Records, 2001)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Lucio Silla: Happiness for my Sighs
Cecelia Bartoli, Edita Gruberova, soloists/Concentus Musicus of Vienna/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart Arias (Erato, 1996)
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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart: You Are Too Beautiful
Johnny Hartman, voice/John Coltrane, tenor saxophone/McCoy Tyner, piano/Jimmy Garrison, bass/Elvin Jones, drum — Rodgers & Hart Songbook: Priceless Jazz (Verve, 1998)
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Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Memories of Havana
Lambert Orkis, piano — Gottschalk: Music for Piano (Bridge, 2006)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Trio in g: Movement 1-2
Ensemble Voltaire — Georg Philipp Telemann: Quartets and Trios (Catalpa Classics, 2004)
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Charles Ives: Memories; The Circus Band
Thomas Hampson/San Francisco Symphony and Chorus/San Francisco Girls Choir/Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. — Ives: An American Journey (RCA, 2002)
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Bernard Hermann: Vertigo: Prelude and Rooftop
Royal Scottish Orchestra/Joel McNeely, cond. — In Session: Film Music Celebration (Varese Sarabande, 2001)
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Tan Dun: Was This in the Book?
Soloists/Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra/Cappella Amsterdam/Tan Dun, cond. — Marco Polo (Sony, 1997)
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Franz Schubert: Winterreise: The Linden Tree
Ian Bostridge, tenor/Leif Ove Andsnes, piano — Schubert: Winterreise (EMI Classics, 2004)
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Liszt, Franz: Reminiscences de Don Juan
Joyce Yang, piano — Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 2005)
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Jesse Crawford: Forgotten Melody
Clark Wilson, organ
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Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, Frank Miller: Memories are Made of This
Dean Martin/The Everly Brothers — Memories Are Made of This (BMG Special Products/ Reader's Digest Music)
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