Saturday, July 2, 2016

Independence Day Weekend Classical Music Special

As America's Independence Day comes this Monday July 4, Tales would like to repeat [updated] this classical music weekend special from a couple of years ago.  So, this will be an all America Tales musical special featuring great American "classical music" composers.

John Philip Sousa [1854-1932]
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 [1900-1990]
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 [1898-1937]
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 the music from these great American composers on this America's Independence Day weekend special.

John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever:

John Philip Sousa: Washington Post March:

Aaron Copland: "Simple Gifts" from "Appalachian Springs":

Aaron Copland: "Fanfare For The Common Man":

George Gershwin: "Someone to Watch Over Me" from the musical "Oh, Kay" [Ella Fitzgerald]:

George Gershwin: "Swanee" sung by Al Jolson - 1920:

George Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue":

Happy Independence Day Weekend!

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