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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Copland - "Appalachian Spring (cond. De La Parra) (Stage@Seven)" [Classical]

Appalachian Spring (cond. De La Parra) (Stage@Seven)

"Appalachian Spring (cond. De La Parra) (Stage@Seven)" music video by Copland
Added: 04-07-2020
Genre : Classical
Description : Stage@Seven: Copland: Appalachian Spring – Alondra de la Parra

Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Big Band live!

Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Alondra de la Parra, Conductor

Aaron Copland:
Appalachian Spring – Suite for 13 Instruments

hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt, 26 June 2020

Note:
In accordance with the current restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic in Germany, this livestream series currently only features ensembles up to chamber orchestral size. The required minimum distances are respected. Streaming is also carried out in a reduced setting.

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Appalachian Spring is a musical composition by Aaron Copland that was premiered in 1944 and has achieved widespread and enduring popularity as an orchestral suite. The music, scored for a thirteen-member chamber orchestra, was created upon commission of the choreographer and dancer Martha Graham with funds from the Coolidge Foundation. It was premiered on Monday, October 30, 1944 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., with Martha Graham dancing the lead role. The set was designed by the American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Copland was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his achievement.

In 1942, Martha Graham and Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge commissioned Copland to write a ballet with "an American theme". Copland did the bulk of the work in 1943/44, and the work was premiered at the Library of Congress on Oct. 30, 1944, with Graham dancing the lead role. In 1945, Copland was commissioned by conductor Artur Rodzinski to rearrange the ballet as an orchestral suite, preserving most of the music. Copland cut about 10 minutes from the original 13-instrument score to make the suite. From the preface in the original Boosey & Hawkes publication of the suite:

The original scoring called for a chamber ensemble of thirteen instruments. The present arrangement for symphony orchestra was made by the composer in the Spring of 1945. It is a condensed version of the ballet, retaining all essential features but omitting those sections in which the interest is primarily choreographic.

Tags : 2020, 20s, Copland

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