Classical Music That Uses Hymn Tunes

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Charles Ives wasn’t afraid to borrow good ideas. For example, he used a lot of hymn tunes in his music. So did many other American composers. This week on Classics for Kids, hear the results.

Music used within the program:

Charles Ives: Symphony No. 4

Charles Ives: Violin Sonata No. 1

Traditional: In the Sweet Bye and Bye

Charles Ives: Second Orchestral Set

William Schuman: New England Triptych

William Billings: Chester

Traditional: How Firm a Foundation

Virgil Thomson: Symphony on a Hymn Tune

Traditional: Simple Gifts

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring