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What’s the Theme?

This composer enjoyed a very respectable career both as a singer and court composer in his native France. However, his reputation was challenged by the rising stardom of another great French composer, Jean-Phillipe Rameau.  This popular tune has kept his memory alive as the opening theme to a classic television series airing on PBS.

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John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932): Liberty Bell
Frederick Fennell/The Eastman Wind Ensemble — Fennell Conducts Sousa (Philips, 1992)
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John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932): Liberty Bell
Frederick Fennell/The Eastman Wind Ensemble — Fennell Conducts Sousa (Philips, 1992)
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Pascal Rogé, piano: Jeux D'Eau
Maurice Ravel (1685-1789) — Ravel: Piano Works (Decca, 1994)
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George Frideric Handel (1685-1789): Rinaldo: Lascia, Chi'o Piango
Renee Fleming, soprano; Harry Bicket/Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment — Handel (Decca, 2004)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Piano Concerto No. 3: Finale
Martha Argerich, piano; Riccardo Chailly/Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin — Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (Philips, 1995)
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Umberto Giordano (1867-1948): Andrea Chénier: La Mamma Morta
Maria Callas, soprano; Tulio Serafin /London Philharmonic Orchestra — Maria Callas, the Voice of the Century (EMI Classics, 1998)
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Charles Gounod (1813-1893): Funeral March of a Marionette
Arthur Fielder/The Boston Pops Orchestra — Classics For Children: Marches (RCA, 1995)
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 "Kreuzer"
Jascha Heifetz, violin; Brooks Smith, piano — Heifetz Collection: Beethoven Violin Sonatas (Complete), Volume 16 (RCA, 1995)
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Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921): Symphony No. 3 "Organ": Maestoso
Simon Preston, organ; James Levine/Berlin Philharmonic — Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier (Deutsche Grammaphon, 1990)
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Aaron Copland (1756-1791): Our Town
Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra — Copland: Music for Films (RCA, 1994)
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Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): William Tell: Leave Me Not, O Hope of Due Revenge!
Roberto Alagna, tenor; Richard Armstrong/The London Philharmonic — Roberto Alagna - Opera Arias (Angel Records, 1995)
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(Jean-Joseph Mouret 1682-1738) : Fanfare for 4 Trumpets, Drums and Organ
Trompeten Consort Friedemann Immer — Barocke Trompeten Musik (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1988)
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Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Symphon No. 2 "Romantic": Andante con tenerezza
Howard Hanson/Eastman-Rochester Orchestra — Hanson Conducts Hanson (Philips, 2004)
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Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Concerto for Orchestra: Game of Pairs
Christoph Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra — Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra / Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra (Polygram Records, 1990)
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