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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? The ghost of the father inspires some “haunting” music.

This composer was asked by one of the great actors of his time to compose a set of incidental music for a Russian production of one of the greatest plays ever written. While he was exhausted after just finishing one of his monumental operas, he agreed and began work on this piece in 1888. He would eventually compose two separate sets of music based on this play: the fantasy overture you’re listening to, and a complete set of incidental music for the play itself.

Music Heard On This Episode

George and Ira Gershwin: Suite from Porgy and Bess "Catfish Row": Porgy Sings
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James Levine, cond. — Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue/Cuban Overture/Porgy and Bess Suite (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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George and Ira Gershwin: Suite from Porgy and Bess "Catfish Row": Porgy Sings
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James Levine, cond. — Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue/Cuban Overture/Porgy and Bess Suite (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Marriage of Figaro: "Letter Duet" from Act III
Carol Vaness, sop./Nuccia Fucile, sop./Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Charles MacKerras, cond. — Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Telarc, 1995)
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Stephen Sondheim: God That's Good!
Ken Jennings, Tobias/Angela Lansbury, Mrs. Lovett/Len Cariou, Sweeney Todd/Original Broadway Cast — Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (RCA, 2007)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: 12 Variations on "See the Conquering Hero Comes"
Jacquelin du Pre, cello/Daniel Barenboim, piano — Les introuvables de Jacqueline du Pré (EMI Classics, 2002)
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Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe: The Old, Wicked Songs
John Shirley-Quirk, baritone/Leon Fleisher, piano — Schumann: Song Cycles, Op. 24, 42, & 48 (Arabesque Recordings, 2009)
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Samuel Barber: Medea
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop, cond. — Samuel Barber: Piano Concerto; Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance (Naxos American, 2002)
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Jacques, Offenbach: La Gaite Parisienne: Can-Can
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, cond. — Adam - Giselle (complete ballet) ~ Offenbach - Gaîté Parisienne (Philips, 1996)
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Sergei Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky: The Crusaders in Pskov
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Zdenek Macal, cond. — Alexander Nevsky Cantata & Lieutenant Kije Suite (Koss Classics, 2006)
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Felix Mendelssohn: Antigone: Overture
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Stefan Soltesz — Antigone (Capriccio, 1995)
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Claude Debussy: Suite from Pelleas et Melisande: A Room in the Castle
Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Pelléas et Mélisande Suite (Dg Imports, 2003)
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Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture
Saint Louis Orchestra/Leonard Slatikin, cond. — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 "Pathetique", Hamlet (RCA, 1993)
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Aribert Reimann: Lear: Blow, You Winds!
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar./Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Gerd Albrecht, cond. — Lear (Polygram Records, 2000)
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Cole Porter: Kiss Me Kate: Overture, Another Openin' Another Show
Original Broadway Cast — Kiss Me Kate (Rhino / Wea, 1996)
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