Arias and Barcarolles

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Monday, July 15, 2013

In 1960, President Eisenhower famously remarked to Leonard Bernstein, "You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles."

Taking a cue from that remark, this week is a sampling of arias, overtures, barcarolles and other melodic delights that deserve more time on the airwaves.

In 1960, President Eisenhower famously remarked to Leonard Bernstein, "You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles."

Taking a cue from that remark, this week is a sampling of arias, overtures, barcarolles and other melodic delights that deserve more time on the airwaves.

Comments [4]

Sandra

President Eisenhower was referring to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".

Jul. 20 2016 05:33 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

President Eisenhower's comment and choice of words apparently remained in Bernstein's memory because in 1988 he wrote a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, baritone and piano four-hands entitled "Arias and Barcarolles".

Jul. 19 2016 08:21 AM
David I from Rutherford , NJ

I agree with Ike !!!

Jul. 18 2016 05:04 PM
Ken Maher from Rochester NY

Bill McLaughlin

Tonight, I missed the full intro you gave for the Eisenhower quote to Bernstein about arias and barcarolles. What was the piece to which Eisenhower was referring when he made that remark?

Jul. 15 2013 07:08 PM

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