Beauty and the Boroughs

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

This week, Terrance McKnight samples some of New York City's most iconic composers and musicians, as well as the musicality of the boroughs they have called home. 

Since the 19th century the city has been a destination for upstart musicians and for those at the top of their craft. The city's five boroughs have distinct personalities, and so do their musical sounds. 



Brooklyn, October 5th, 1941

Annie Gosfield

Blair McMillen, piano

American Modern Recordings


Anniversary Rag

Morton Gould

Morton Gould, piano

WNYC Commissions


Five Songs

Charles Ives

Orchestra of St. Lukes

John Adams, conductor

Dawn Upshaw, soprano



Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, with Harp and Piano Aaron Copland New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein, conductor Stanley Drucker, clarinet Deutche Grammophone


Jassamine Lane

James Hubert (Eubie) Blake

Amherst Saxophone Quartet



City Life

Steve Reich

Steve Reich Ensemble

Bradley Lubman, conductor




Edward K. Ellington

Mulgrew Miller, piano

Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass

Bang & Olufsen



John Corigliano

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano, conductor


Alleluia and Fugue for String Orchestra

Alan Hovhaness

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Gerard Schwarz, conductor




Bela Bartok

Martha Argerich, piano

Chantal Juillet, violin

Michael Collins, clarinet



Missa Solemnis in D, “Kyrie”


NBC Symphony Orchestra

Arturo Toscanini, conductor

Robert Shaw Chorale



Samson: “Let the Bright Seraphim”

George Frederic Handel

Orchestra of St. Lukes

John Nelson, conductor

Wynton Marsalis, trumpet

Kathleen Battle, soprano

Anthony Newman, harpsichord



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