Playlist for 18th April – An American Songbook

Written by on April 17, 2010

  In the 1940’s and 50’s Ella Fitzgerald recorded a number of classica jazz albums such as The Cole Porter Songbook, The Gershiwn Songbook and others featuring the songs of a range of composers of popular music. Lisitening to a some of these albums has inspired  my show this week which is called Am American Songbook and features art songs and vocal pieces by a range of american classical composers.  In many of these pieces you can here the influence of jazz and popular music and in some cases its hard to see if there’s a true line between classical and popular music.


An American Songbook 

Composer  Title 
Roy Harris  Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight 
Charles Ives  In Flanders Fields 
Charles Ives  Memories (a–Very Pleasant, b–Rather Sad) 
Kurt Weill  Lonely House 
Aaron Copland  Laurie’s Song 
Leonard Bernstein  Rabbit At Top Speed [
William Bolcom  How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around 
Peter Lieberson  Si no fuera porque tus ojos tienen color de luna (If your eyes were not the color of the moon) 
John Harbison  North & South: 6 Poems of Elizabeth Bishop (1999) – Book 1 3. Breakfast Song 
Ned Rorem  Early in the morning – 
Ned Rorem  Requiescat 
Gian Carlo Menotti  What a curse for a woman is a timid man 
Samuel Barber  Despite and Still, Op. 41 – 4. Solitary Hotel 
Samuel Barber  Dover Beach, Op. 3 

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