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Saturday, June 3, 2017 Permalink

The Western Connection

A Western scene by artist & illustrator Maynard Dixon


The American West is more than a place on a map. It’s a state of mind

Looked at it this way, it’s easy to see why it’s inspired musical portraits from so many different perspectives—some expected, some not.

In this hour, the West in music by Puccini, Grofe, Harris, Copland, and more.



Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Copland: Billy the Kid & Rodeo Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton BIS BIS-2164 7318599921648
The American Indianists [for Farwell’s Navajo War Dance] Dario Mu Marco Polo 8.223715 730099371520
Vintage America [for Farwell’s Prairie Miniature]  Callico Winds Albany Records TROY 693 034061069324
Puccini: La fanciulla del West La Scala Orchestra, Lorin Maazel Sony 88697446622 886974466222
Cadman: Piano Trio, etc. [for Legend of the Canyon] Paul Posnak; Peter Zazofsk, Ross Harbough, Bergonzi String Quartet Naxos 8.559067 636943906729
Americana [for Siegmeister’s Western Suite] Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel Vox Allegretto 8155  047163815522
Harris: Folksong Symphony American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann Vanguard OVC 4076 723918407623 
Gillis: Symphony No. 7, etc. [for Portrait of a Frontier Town] Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson TROY 833 034061083320
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suit Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel Sony SK 52491  074645249124
Copland: Music for Films (for The Red Pony) Saint Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin RCA Red Seal 09026-61699-2 090266169924 
Curiale: Awakening[for  Gates of Gold “Call of the Mountain”] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Joseph Curiale Black Box BBM1050  680125105028

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