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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Rosin the bow and head for the old country.

This arrangement of a popular folk song from across the pond demonstrates the composer’s unconventional approach to music. He looked at folk music as a more genuine style, free from the traditions and strictures of “art music.” And because of this freedom, he was able to freely experiment with many innovative ideas decades before they were approached by other composers.

Music Heard On This Episode

Hoagy Carmichael: Stardust
Benny Goodman Sextet — Hoagy Carmichael Sings Stardust and His Other Great Compositions (Castle Pie, 2005)
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Hoagy Carmichael: Stardust
Benny Goodman Sextet — Hoagy Carmichael Sings Stardust and His Other Great Compositions (Castle Pie, 2005)
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Aaron Copland: Quiet City
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Copland: Appalachian Spring; Short Symphony (Symphony No. 2); Quiet City; Three Latin American Sketches (Deutsche Grammophon, 1989)
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Antonio Carlos Jobim : Desafinado
Antonio Carlos Jobim — The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (Polygram Records, 1997)
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Max Steiner: Casablanca: Prologue and Opening
Max Steiner — Casablanca: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Rhino / Wea, 1997)
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Frederic Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor
Mischa Maisky/Martha Argerich — Maisky & Argerich Live in Japan (Deutsche Grammophon, 2001)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio: Overture
Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis — Mozart: Overtures (RCA, 1999)
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Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Baba-Yaga; The Gate at Kiev
Byron Janis — Moussorgsky: Picture at an Exhibition/Chopin: Etude in F major/Waltz in A minor (Philips, 1994)
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Bright Sheng: Four Movement for Piano Trio
Triple Helix Piano Trio — A Sense of Place (MSR Classics, 2004)
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Ravi Shankar: Swara-Kakali
Daniel Hope — East Meets West (Warner Classics, 2004)
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Percy Grainger (1882-1961): Molly on the Shore
Oliver Knussen/Schoenberg Ensemble — Percy Grainger Plays Grainger (Nimbus Records, 1996)
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Henry Cowell: Aeolian Harp; Exultation
Alan Feinberg — The American Innovator (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Ferde Grofe: Death Valley Suite: '49er Emigrant Train
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/William Stromberg — Death Valley Suite (Naxos American, 2002)
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John Mellencamp: Jack and Diane
John Mellencamp — American Fool (Island / Mercury, 1990)
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