Howard's Day Off - December 17 2016 (Inspired by Mythology)

Dec 17, 2016

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Peter Boyer (1970- ): “Aphrodite,” from “Three Olympians,” 2000, Peter Boyer, London Philharmonic [Naxos 559769]. Born in Providence, R.I. Studied with John Corigliano, Elmer Bernstein.

:10—Samuel Barber (1910-1981): “Medea and Jason,” from ballet “Medea,” 1946,  Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra [Mercury 432 016].

:15—Lou Harrison (1917-2003): “The Triumph of Ariadne and Dionysos,” 1987, Cabrillo Music Festival musicians including Leta Wilson, flute [MusicMasters 60241].

:21—George Chadwick (1854-1931): “Euterpe,” 1903, Ken Schermerhorn, Nashville Symphony [Naxos 559117]. One of the Muses, responsible for music.

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920): “Bacchanale,” 1919, JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic [Naxos 559164]. From a piano piece he wrote in 1912. He never gave details of the bacchanale, but the mere use of the word suggests something mythical.

:35—George Chadwick (1854-1931): “Thalia,” 1883, Ken Schermerhorn, Nashville Symphony [Naxos 559117]. One of the Muses, responsible for comedy.

:50—William Walton (1902-1983): “Troilus and Cressida,” symphonic suite, scherzo, 1954, Bryden Thomson, London Philharmonic [Chandos 8772]. This is from Walton’s opera about two lovers who figure into the myths surrounding the Trojan War.

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Lou Harrison (1917-2003): “Vernal Dance,” from ballet “Solstice,” 1949, Dennis Russell Davis and Cabrillo Music Festival musicians [MusicMaster 60241]. The myth in this ballet was devised by the choreographer Jean Erdman, who grew up in Honolulu. Her mother was a Dillingham, her father preached in English and Japanese at the Church of Crossroads, and her first dance experience was hula.

:07—Samuel Barber (1910-1981): “Medea,” from ballet “Medea,” Op. 23, 1946, Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra [Mercury 432 016]. Of the seven movements, this is the one that lent the most material to Barber’s 1955 concert work, “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance.”

:14—Cesar Franck (1822-1890): “Psyche’s Sleep,” from symphonic poem “Psyche,” 1888, Daniel Barenboim, Orchestre de Paris [DG 476 2800].

:25—Paul Moravec (1957- ): “Ariel,” from “Tempest Fantasy,” 2002, David Krakauer, Clarinet; Maria Bachmann, violin; Jon Klibonoff, piano [Naxos 559323].

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Lou Harrison (1917-2003): “Blaze of Day,” from ballet “Solstice,” 1949, Dennis Russell Davis and Cabrillo Music Festival musicians [MusicMaster 60241]. The previous track was the final movement of part one; this is the finale of part two.

:33—Peter Boyer (1970- ): “Apollo,” from “Three Olympians,” 2000, Peter Boyer, London Philharmonic [Naxos 559769].

(TRICK QUESTION: IS THIS MYTHOLOGICAL MUSIC?)

:38—Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Intrada from “The Haunted Manor,” 1864,  Antoni Wit, warsaw Philharmonic [Naxos 572716]. Opera based on Polish folklore, and what is folklore if not mythology?

:42—Cesar Franck (1822-1890): “Psyche Awakens to the Zephyrs,” from symphonic poem “Psyche,” 1888, Daniel Barenboim, Orchestre de Paris [DG 476 2800].

:46—Ernest Fanelli (1860-1917): “The Romance of the Mummy,” finale, 1886, Adriano, Slovak Radio Symphony [Marco Polo 35234].