Time Flies, Music Soars

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Unless you're really enjoying yourself, 10 minutes can seem like an eternity. In this episode of All Ears, host Terrance McKnight gives three composers 10 minutes to capture and keep your attention.

We explore a recording of "The House I Live In," a song by Earl Robinson (1910-1991). Robinson was a student of Aaron Copland, and also a member of the Communist party. Robinson's text speaks of America being a place where one can freely express ideas; interestingly enough, some of his closest friends and collaborators were being monitored by the FBI for practicing that same freedom of expression. Paul Robeson followed by American activist and songwriter Molly Jackson are heard on this recording.

Steve Reich's Different Trains and Keith Jarrett's Americana are also featured in the mix.
 
A lot can happen in 10 minutes. Or, nothing at all. Those minutes can fly by or feel like eternity. How do 10-minute pieces influence your sense of time?  Were particular memories conjured up? 

Playlist:

 

Fairy Tales

Leos Janacek

Wu Han, piano

David Finkel, cello

 

What Child is this?

Traditional

Marcus Roberts, piano

RCA

 

Scenes from Childhood

Robert Schumann

Vladimir Horowitz

Phillips

 

O Magnum Mysterium

Morten Lauredsen

Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

Robert Shaw, conductor

Telarc

 

Lachrimae Caravaggio: Statio V

Le Concert des Nations

Hesperion XXI

Jordi Savall

Alia Vox

 

Christian Zeal and Activity

San Francisco Symphony

Edo de Waart, conductor

Nonesuch

 

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

Andrei Gavrilov, piano

Angel EMI

 

The House I Live In

Earl Robinson

Paul Robeson, bass-baritone

Lawrence Brown, piano

Omega

 

Join the CIO

Aunt Molly Jackson

Rounder

 

Different Trains: America - Before the war

Steve Reich

Kronos Quartet

Nonesuch

 

Variation on The Wayfaring Stranger

James Cohn

Slovak Radio Orchestra

Vahktang Jordania, conductor

Naxos

 

Americana

Keith Jarrett, piano

ECM

 

Vocalise

Andre Previn

Sylvia McNair, soprano

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Andre Previn, piano

CBS/Sony

 

These Worlds In Us

Missy Mazzoli

Unknown orchestra

Private Recording

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