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Saturday, June 1, 2019 Permalink

The Incidental Connection 2

Set design by Ken Scar, Atmopshere Custom Painting


The famous melody by Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia was originally part of a score written for a series of historical tableaux in 1899.

You might call it the soundtrack music of its day.

In fact, many well-known composers have taken to writing what is called “incidental music.” We’ve featured some in another program, but there’s still lots more to share.

In the next hour, Finlandia, plus theater music by Beethoven, Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Copland and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Finland Awakes [for Finlandia]  Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska BIS BIS-CD-111 7318590011157 
Egmont Incidental Music (Resound Vol. 3) Vienna Academy Orchestra, Martin Haselbock Alpha ALPHA472 3760014194726 
Purcell: Theatre Music 2 [for The Married Beau] Aradia Ensemble; Kevin Mallon Naxos 8.573280 747313328079 
Comedie et Tragedie, Vol. 1 [for Lully’s The Bourgeois Gentleman] Tempesta di Mare Chandos CHAN 0805 095115080528 
Masquerade Suite; The Comedians RCA Victor Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin RXA Victoria 09026-63302-2 090266330225 
Copland: Fanfare, El Salon Mexico, Rodeo, [for Quiet City Celia Nicklin, Michael Laird,  Decca 448 261-2 028944826128 
Fauré : Pelleas & Melisande [for Sicilienne] Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa Deutsche Grammophon 423 089-2 028942308923
The Solent [for The Mayor of Casterbridge] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel Albion Records ALBCD016 5060158190164


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