Let's Dance

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This week on The Furthermore, let’s dance. Composers have been using (and sometimes abusing) various forms of dance for many centuries and today’s lot are no exception.

Eastern European folk dances, with their tricky rhythms, inspired Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and the Ukrainian/American composer Virko Baley’s music. Frederick Chopin and Philip Glass both wrote waltzes for piano. And the rise of the Argentine tango in the 20th century had global implications for composers from Serbia, England and New York.

Program playlist:

Leonard Bernstein: Cha Cha (Maria), from Symphonic Dance From West Side Story
— James Judd/Florida Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance in C, Op.46 #1
— Kurt Masur/Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Virko Baley: Agnus Dei (Allegro Jubilate), excerpt, from Symphony #1
— Virko Baley/Cleveland Chamber Orchestra

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
— Milos (Karadaglic), guitar; Christoph Israel/European Film Philharmonic Studio Orch.

Boris Kovac: The Last Balkan Tango
— Tajj String Quartet

Jocelyn Pook: Tango With Corrugated Iron
— Jocelyn Pook Ensemble, live recording 1999

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dance
— Ryuichi Sakamoto & Danceries

Frederic Chopin: Waltz in Em, Op. Posth.
— Caroline Fischer, piano

Philip Glass: Modern Love Waltz
— Alan Feinberg, piano

Wayne Horvitz/arr. The Westerlies: Waltz From “Woman Of Tokyo”
— The Westerlies (brass quartet)

Derek Bermel: Dust Dances
— Gil Rose/BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)

Morton Gould: Anniversary Rag
— Morton Gould, piano, live recording 1994

Peter Schickele: Last Tango In Bayreuth, excerpt
— New York Bassoon Quartet