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On Vacation!

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: What a hike!

The Alps is one of the greatest mountain ranges in Europe, stretching from Slovenia to France. It is a favorite vacationing spot for hikers and skiers alike. For our composer, the grandiosity of the Alps could only be matched by a composition of mammoth proportions played by an equally grand orchestra. The work requires 120 or more musicians and unusual percussion instruments. The score calls for a thunder sheet, thunder machine, and wind machine. On the surface, this tone poem follows a party scaling one of the larger mountains in the Alps. However, it could be viewed as a musical adaptation of the Nietzschean ideal of complete reliance on one’s own personal will than religion.

Music Heard On This Episode

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra — A Sea Symphony (Teldec, 1995)
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Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra — A Sea Symphony (Teldec, 1995)
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Dietrich Buxtehude: Toccata in G
Walter Kraft — Complete Organ Music (Vox (Classical), 2004)
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Bart Howard: Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra — Nothing But The Best (Reprise / Wea, 2008)
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Charles Ives: Symphony No 3: Children's Day
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Harold Farberman — Symphony No 3 and 4 (Vanguard, 1988)
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony 3: Part I
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Esa-Pekka Salonen — Symphony No. 3 in D minor (Sony, 1998)
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John Williams: The Meadow Picnic
London Symphony Orchesta/John Williams — Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Sony, 2002)
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Philip Glass: Knee 2
Philip Glass Ensemble/Michael Riesman — Einstein on the Beach (Elektra, 1993)
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Carl Nielsen: Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra — Orchestral Works (MSR Classics, 2005)
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Cole Porter: I Love Paris
1953 Original Broadway Cast — Can-Can (Angel Records, 1992)
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Leonard Bernstein: Scene 3
Columbia Wind Ensemble — Bernstein Century: Trouble In Tahiti, Facsimilie (Sony, 1999)
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Richard Strauss: Night, Sunrise, Ascent
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch/Gerard Schwarz — Symphonia Domestica; Eine Alpensinfonie; etc (Avie, 2005)
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Lou Harrison: Strofo 5; Strofo 6
100 voice chorus with American gamelan/Phillip Brett — La Koro Sutro (New Albion, 1988)
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Kent Walker: The White Cliffs Of Dover
Vera Lynn — The White Cliffs Of Dover (Good Music/MCA, 2009)
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