Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Happy Independence Day Classical Weekend Special

I love July 4th, the day everyone in America celebrates my Mom's birthday!  :-)  Yes, Sandy, Susan, Bradley and our Mom, "Reenie," was  born on the 4th of July and died on Christmas Day, 2010.  Some might say, 'what a coincidence'.  I would say God was recognizing our special Mom.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday America!

Here is the Tales special Independence Day Classical music special from last year.

A Happy Independence Day Tales Classical Music Special:

On this 4th of July weekend, Tales celebrates America's Independence Day with this classical music weekend special.  An all America Tales musical special.

John Philip Sousa
John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor in the late Romantic era from 1854 – 1932.   Sousa was a valuable treasure to the military, and patriotic fervor of this country with his brilliant marches that honored this country.  These great marches have led to his being dubbed "The march king".  The stirring Stars and Stripes march by John Philip Sousa has been officially recognized as America's national march.

Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland was one of the top American classical music composers, born at the beginning of the twentieth century.  He is unusual as he knew at a young age that he wanted to be a composer and he kept to his goal to become one of the greats.  He has become known as the 'Dean of American composers'.  Some of his greatest music is scored in his ballets, Rodeo, Billy the Kid, and Appalachian Spring.  One of his most beloved works is his Fanfare for the Common Man.

George Gershwin
One of the greatest twentieth century composers and pianists was American George Gershwin, born Jacob Gershowitz.  Many consider him the greatest American composer ever.  His works not only included great classical compositions, like his Rhapsody in Blue, but also Jazz compositions as from his unique soulful opera Porgy and Bess.  He also composed some of the best known standard songs from stage and screen, with the help of his brother Ira, who wrote the lyrics to go along with his wonderful melodies.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy three of the greatest American composers on this America's Independence Day weekend special.

John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever:

Aaron Copland: "Simple Gifts" from Appalachian Springs"

George Gershwin: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong:

Israel's Dr. Astrith Baltsan with the help of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra explain George Gershwin and his music like never before:

                Happy Independence Day!

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