Songs My Mother Taught Me

This episode is a reprisal of the All Ear's Mother's Day episode from May 12, 2012

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

This week on All Ears, a collection of songs for Mother's Day. We explore how mothers have influenced composers and performers musically, and create a rich soundscape surrounding the love between mother and child.


As always, our playlist is grounded in classical music, but takes special notice of composers whose training has led them in other directions -- from blues to traditional standards.

The show opens with Duke Ellington's Shout 'em Aunt Tilly and eases into works by William Grant Still, Beethoven and Ives. 

We hear the LA Philharmonic performing a version of John Adams' Naive and Sentimental Music: Mother of the Man, with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and guitar soloist David Tanenbaum.

Also on the program are Arvo Part's stunningly beautiful setting of the Stabat Mater as well as Chopin's Mazurka No 4 in A minor performed by Leif Ove Andsnes. 

Happy Mother's Day, ya'll!

Join in the discussion: What kind of music did your mother play for you?



Traditional: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Velvet Brown, tuba


Alex De Grassi: Shortenin’ Bread

Alex De Grassi, guitar

Tropo Records


Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Theo Bleckmann, voice, live electronics


Winter & Winter Label


Frederic Chopin: Mazurka No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 17/4

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano



Duke Ellington/Irving Mills: Ahout ‘Em Aunt Tilly

Marcus Roberts, piano



Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp, Op. 78, “For Therese”

Garrick Ohlsson, piano



William Grant Still: “Mother and Child”

Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

Richard Auldon Clark, conductor

Ashley Horne, violin



John Adams: “Naïve and Sentimental Music”: ‘Mother of the Man’

Los Angeles Philharminc

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

David Tanenbaum, guitar



Arvo Part: Stabat Mater (There Stands the Mother)

Lynne Dawson, soprano

David James, counter-tenor

Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor

Gidon Kremer, violin

Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola



Jono El Grande: Your mother Eats Like a Platipus

Jono El Grande, guitar

Various Artists

Rune Grammofon

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