This weekend, we're cutting a rug on All Ears with music that makes you want to bust a move. Terrance McKnight explores the art of boogie-ing in various musical forms; ones which you may not be as familiar with.
Karol Szymanowski's swinging Mazurka performed by Artur Rubenstein sounds very much like a bastardized version Gymnopedie by Satie. Mazurkas are polish folk dances, which a lot of people typically associate with Chopin. He did so much to keep that dance alive in music, perhaps more than any other composer. But Symanowski proved to continue the mazurka tradition into the early 20th century with more than 20 pieces with the title.
Andrew York's Evening Dance played by Christopher Parkening is a little waltz for the classical guitar. And Lukas Foss's Central Park Reels features a hint and a certain twang of square dancing.
We also looked for other American dances that made their mark in music, like the Cakewalk, an American dance that originated as a slave-dancing contest. The slave owners would choose a winner of a couples dance, and award them with a cake. New York native Coleridge Taylor Perkinson's Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk) is performed by violinist Ashley Horne.
Also on the program is Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor. It's heavily influenced by his fascination with American culture. Listen for the strings and piano almost slow-dancing and swaying with each other.
Rounding out the program are Luigi Boccherini's Minuet in E from String Quintet in E, Duke Ellington's It Don’t Mean a Thing, and Kurt Weill's Foxtrot Potpourri from his Threepenny Opera.
Karol Szymanowski: Mazurkas, op. 50
Artur Rubenstein, piano
Andrew York: Evening Dance
Christopher Parkening, guitar
Edgar Meyer: Old Tyme
Edgar Meyer, double bass
Mike Marshall, mandolin
Bela Fleck, banjo
Lukas Foss: Central Park Reels
Lukas Foss, piano
Philippe Quint, violin
Mark O’Connor: Johnny Appleseed Suite
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Mark O’Connor, violin
John Jarvis, piano
Bryan Sutton, mandolin
Luigi Boccherini: Minuet in E from String Quintet in E
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor
Coleridge Taylor Perkinson: Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk)
Ashley Horne, violin
John Adams: The Chairman Dances – foxtrot for orchestra
Kurt Weill: The Threepenny Opera: Foxtrot Potpourri
Das Palast Orchester
H.K. Gruber, conductor
Roy Alfred, Andy Gibson: The Hucklebuck
Louis Armstrong, trumpet
At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, January 30, 1951
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Artur Rubenstein, piano
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
Alone Now: Live Maria Roggen & T. Dahl
Live Maria Roggen, voice
Lars Andreas Haug, tuba
Edward K. (Duke) Ellington: It Don’t Mean a Thing
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue