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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a musical tradition at graduations everywhere!

This piece was first performed at a graduation ceremony for one of America’s most prestigious universities. In fact, the composer of this work was awarded an honorary doctorate in music at that ceremony. The faculty made sure that he was the star of the ceremony by playing several of his most well-known pieces, including this selection. Ever since that day, this piece has been associated with graduation ceremonies across the US and around the world.

Music Heard On This Episode

Barber, Samuel: Dover Beach
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Emerson String Quartet — The Complete Songs of Samuel Barber: Secrets of the Old (Polygram Records, 1994)
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Barber, Samuel: Dover Beach
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Emerson String Quartet — The Complete Songs of Samuel Barber: Secrets of the Old (Polygram Records, 1994)
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Loewe, Frederick: My Fair Lady: Overture, Why Can't the English?
Rex Harrison/Julie Andrews/Original London Cast — My Fair Lady (1959 Original London Cast) (Sony, 1998)
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Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Selections
New York Philharmonic — Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain (Sony, 1990)
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Williams, John: Call of the Champions
Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Utah Symphony Orch/John Williams, cond. — American Journey - Winter Olympics 2002 (Sony, 2002)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: La Clemeza di Tito: Overture
Staatskapelle Dresden — Mozart: Overtures (RCA, 2006)
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de Falla, Manuel: Nights in the Gardens of Spain: Danza Lejana
Carol Rosenberger, piano/London Symphony Orchesrta/Sir Colin Davis, cond. — Manuel de Falla's Spain (Delos Records, 1992)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio: Glory to thee, God
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus/Ton Koopman, cond. — Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium (Elektra / Wea, 1996)
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Shostakovich, Dmitri: Hamlet: The Duel and Death of Hamlet
Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jose Serebrier, cond. — Shostakovich: Film Music (RCA, 1990)
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Grainger, Percy: Molly on the Shore
Percy Grainger — Percy Grainger Plays Grainger (Nimbus Records , 1996)
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Adamo, Mark: Little Women: Things Change, Jo
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/Patrick Summers, cond. — Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts (Ondine, 2001)
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Brahms, Johannes: Academic Festival Overture
New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur, cond. — Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Academic Festival Overture (Elektra / Wea, 1993)
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Daugherty, Michael: Snap!
London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz, cond. — American Icons (Decca, 1999)
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Elgar, Edward: Pomp and Circumstance March #1
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman, cond. — Sir Edward Elgar: Symphony No.1/Pomp and Circumstance Marches No.1 & No.2 (Telarc, 2002)
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