Classical 90.5′s live music program, Lunchtime Classics, is on summer hiatus. In the meantime, we’ll look back at some notable past performances.
Guitarist Andrew Rhinehart holds a Bachelors of Music Performance degree with an emphasis on classical guitar from the University of Louisville. Andrew is a guitar instructor at Indiana University Southeast. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree at the University of Kentucky. Andrew is also performing for the Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program.
Andrew has several recitals coming up in the fall including November 9th at Christ Church Cathedral. Until then enjoy this performance by Andrew Rhinehart from his appearance on WUOL’s Lunchtime Classics:
Many people hear classical music selections for the first time at the cinema. Some of us first heard Johann Sebastian Bach’s Keyboard concerto No. 5 in the Woody Allen film “Hannah and Her Sisters”. The second movement was featured in a scene with Michael Caine and Barbara Hershey. It was the only movement from the concerto featured on the soundtrack album. But there are three movements in all, and they’ll all spectacular.
If Top Forty radio stations existed in the 1700′s, they would have played orchestral suites. Orchestral suites were all the rage then. There are 135 suites for orchestra by Georg Philipp Telemann still in existence, and it is known that he wrote hundreds more! Johann Sebastian Bach, however, wrote only four. But they are amazing works. The second suite features the flute as the primary instrument. Bach gives the flutist some fun virtuosic tunes to show off the musician’s talents.
If you want more Bach, check this site every Friday, when the Netherlands Bach Society will add a new recording of one of Bach’s 1,080 works.
While we take a quick break from Summer Listening today, and celebrate our Independence Day, it’s a good time to remember some of the great classical music created on our own continent. Some say “Jazz is America’s classical music,” and while jazz is certainly one of America’s native art forms, we have our own classical music tradition that goes as far back as the revolution.
William Billings (1746-1800) was trained as a tanner, but is known as one of the earliest American composers. He wrote hymns and “fuging tunes,” like this one. Centuries later, William Schuman (1910-1992) adapted three of Billings’ hymns for his New England Triptych for orchestra.
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) is well-known for his Adagio for Strings, but during Summer Listening we’re listening to his Violin Concerto, composed in 1939. Barber is one of the few composers who has won the Pulitzer twice. His violin concerto begins with a lush, lyrical movement, but ends with a blistering, Olympic race for the violin and orchestra. Here is a performance with Anne Akiko Meyers.
Arnold Eagle. Appalachian Spring (1945)
If you hear any classical music that sounds “American,” there’s a good chance it was written or inspired by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). It’s hard to describe the exact qualities that make it so, but when you hear it you know it.Appalachian Spring was written for Martha Graham (and was actually called “Ballet for Martha” before she gave it its actual title). Copland was always amused that people would tell him they “heard spring and the Appalachian mountains” in his music, since he wasn’t thinking of that when writing it. Like Schuman’s New England Triptych, Copland uses an old folk song, Simple Gifts, within this music. It provides the basis for a set of variations about halfway through. Earlier this year, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra performed Appalachian Spring with choreography, in one of the most unique performances to date.
And here’s a fun video of Aaron Copland’s Hoe-down from Rodeo!
Composer Arnold Bax wrote his Violin Concerto in 1937-38 for Jascha Heifetz. Heifetz, reportedly, was disappointed in the work. Bax himself didn’t acknowledge the opus until he was asked to provide a new work in 1943 for violinist Eda Kersey. The work was reintroduced by the soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Henry Wood.
Bax was initially reluctant to compose music for film, but was persuaded to for the David Lean 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist. Bax was not partial to Dickens’ novel and felt he couldn’t provide music appropriate to the subject. It was written quickly over the course of 10 weeks.
Three pieces for Small Orchestra date from 1912-13 when they first appeared as a set of four. Bax eventually abandoned the fourth and re-titled the others. The works are titled Evengling Piece, Irish Landscape and Dance in the Sunlight.
We’ll hear these works on English Pastorale, Sunday at 9 am.
Welcome to Classical 90.5’s Summer Listening 2014! You’ll discover music and revisit some old favorites during July. We’ll be sending some emails along the way with interesting information about the music, links to hear them online and more!
How do I participate?
It’s easy: sign up here and listen! You can join regardless of your age. Parents, grandparents and guardians: this is great way to introduce your young ones to classical music. All you have to do is turn on the radio or our stream. These emails will you give you some interesting information about the music to pass along. If nothing else, you’ll own the music category at trivia night.
Can I share this with other people?
We hope you will. Forward this email, post something on your Facebook wall, share it on Twitter or print this and give to your friends and family.
What’s this prize package I hear about?
When you sign up, we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a prize package that will include a Classical 90.5 t-shirt, some free CDs, stickers for your car, bike or jet, and more!
You can see the complete list of music at wuol.org/summerlistening and listen during July at 11am and 4pm. (Of course, we have great music 24 hours a day, too!)