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This composer was the first American conductor of the New York Philharmonic, was a television personality, and composed in both classical and popular fields. He was seldom photographed without a cigarette; in fact, it became something of his trademark. It is said that after his concerts, he had someone waiting for him backstage with an already-lit cigarette. After the death of his wife Felicia, this composer became less disciplined, and was increasingly addicted to alcohol and drugs. He eventually developed lung cancer and died of cardiac arrest following lung failure.

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Maurice Ravel: Bolero
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray, cond. — Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2; Bolero; Valses nobles et sentimentales (Polygram Records, 1992)
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Maurice Ravel: Bolero
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray, cond. — Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2; Bolero; Valses nobles et sentimentales (Polygram Records, 1992)
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Giacomo Puccini: The Golden Girl of the West: Una Partita a Poker
Renate Tebaldi, sop/Orch of the Academy of Santa Cecilia/Franco Capuana, cond. — Puccini: La fanciulla del West (Decca Import, 2002)
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Charles Ives: West London, Tom Sails Away
Jan DeGaetani, sop/Gilbert Kalish, piano — Ives: 9 Songs / Crumb: Apparition (Bridge, 1993)
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Danny Elfman: Theme and Finale
Studio Orchestra — Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (Warner Bros / Wea, 1989)
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Ferde Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
Eastman-Rochester Orchesta/Howard Hanson, cond. — Grand Canyon Suite / Mississippi Suite (Philips, 1995)
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Thomas Campion: The Peaceful Western Wind/Woo Her and Win Her
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen, cond. — What Then Is Love, An Elizabethan Songbook (Elektra / Wea, 1999)
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Eric Ewazen: Western Fanfare
Summit Brass — Music for the Soloists of American Brass Quintet (Well-Tempered Produc, 2006)
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George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, piano and cond. — Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
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Pet Shop Boys: Go West
Pet Shop Boys — Go West / Shameless (EMI/ERG, 1993)
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John Taverner: Western Wynde Mass: Gloria
Pro Arte Singers/Paul Hillier, cond. — Western Wynde Mass (Hyperion UK, 2000)
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Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman, cond. — West Side Story: Symphonic Dances (Decca, 1997)
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Warren Benson: Songs for the End of the World: Siciliana
Jen DeGaetani, sop/Verne Reynolds, horn/Robert Sylvester, cello/John Beck, marimba/Philip West, English horn — Eastman American Music Series, Vol. 2 (Albany Records, 1997)
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Escape Club: Wild Wild West
Escape Club — Wild Wild West (Atlantic / Wea, 1990)
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