Music to Remember

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Music is woven into many aspects of life. Hearing particular melodies or rhythms can jar certain memories that may otherwise lay dormant for years. It's remarkable how many lyrics we retain and how many songs we can hum or whistle after not hearing them for years.

Host Terrance McKnight begins with music that takes us back to summers spent with family, interweaving lullabies and religious music, with various instruments referencing a different time. Note that not only will composers and songwriters tell their personal stories in music, but they also document our collective history. We hope the memories are mostly pleasant.



Wright, J.B. F.: Precrious Memories

Norsalus McKissick



Michael Gordon/David Lang/Julia Wolfe: I Lost a Sock

Cocnerto Koln

Roger Epple, conductor



Johann Sebastian Bach; Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Book One: Prelude and Fugue no 12 in f minor, BWV 857

Andrei Vieru, piano



Gavin Byrars: "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet" (Single Remix)

Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Tom Waits, vocalist



Aunt Molly Jackson: Christmas Eve on the Lower East Side

Aunt Molly Jackson, vocals



Erik Satie: Messe des Pauvres (Mass of the Poor)

C. Bowers-Broadbent, organ



George Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm" Variations

Paul Barnes, piano



Astor Piazzolla: "Nightclub"

American Saxophone Quartet



Johannes Brahms: Lullaby, Op. 49, No. 4 (Wiegenlied)

Karita Mattila, soprano

Ilmo Ranta, piano



George Gershwin: Preludes: Prelude II - Blue Lullaby

Alicia Zizzo, piano



Traditional: Kiowa Lullaby

Dorothy White Horse, vocals

Silver Wave


Johannes Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano



John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Gwinnett Young Singers

Robert Spano, conductor



Franz Schubert: Erlkonig, Op. 1, D., 328

thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone

Charles Spencer, piano