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Saints Alive!

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: Patron of music

Note: the audio for this show will be available on May 24, 2011

During the 1940s, our struggled with being a pacifist during World War II, so he turned his music to religious subjects. This piece, composed in 1942, interspersed three poems, each followed by an invocation to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Both poet and composer were both residents of a house in New York that became famous as a center of artistic life. The poet then moved on to teaching English, and our composer returned to his home country.

Music Heard On This Episode

J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion: Erbarme dich
Angelika Kirchschlager, ms/Venice Baroque Orch/Andrea Marcon, cond — Bach Arias (Sony, 2002)
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J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion: Erbarme dich
Angelika Kirchschlager, ms/Venice Baroque Orch/Andrea Marcon, cond — Bach Arias (Sony, 2002)
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Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 2: Presto
Artur Rubinstein, p/Symphony of the Air/Alfred Wallenstein, cond — Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 2 (RCA, 1993)
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Felix Mendelssohn: Overture
Royal Scottish National Orch/Leon Botstein, cond — Paulus Op 36 (Arabesque Recordings, 1998)
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Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms: Psalm 131, 133
Camerata Singers/Leonard Bernstein, cond — Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"); Chichester Psalms (Sony, 1998)
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Gabriel Faure: Nocturne No. 2 in B
Pascal Rogé, piano — Piano Music (Polygram Records, 1990)
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George Frideric Handel: Salve Regina
Scholars Baroque Ensemble/David van Asch, cond — Salve Regina (Naxos, 2001)
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Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite: Jig and Finale
St. Paul Chamber Orch/Christopher Hogwood, cond — Tippett; Corelli; Holst (London, 1994)
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Franz Schubert: Ave Maria
Christian Ferras, vln; Jeane-Claude Ambrosini, piano — Masters of the Bow (Deutsche Grammophon, 2002)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: King Stephan: Overture
Vienna Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, cond — The Overtures (Deutsche Grammophon, 1989)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony 96: Selections
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden, violin/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — Symphony No. 96/97 (Teldec, 1993)
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Benjamin Britten: Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner,cond — Spring Symphony / 5 Flower Songs / Hymn (Deutsche Grammophon, 1997)
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Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin concerto in A: Rondeau
Rachel Barton, vln/Encore Chamber Orch/Daniel Hege, cond — Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th & 19th Centuries (Cedille, 1999)
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When the Saints go Marching In
Boston Pops Orch/John Williams, cond — America the Beautiful (Philips, 1996)
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