Saturday, July 6, 2019

A Happy Independence Day Weekend Classical Music Special

Happy Birthday America!

Here is the Tales special Independence Day Weekend Classical music special first published on Independence Day weekend in 2017.

Note:  I used Wikipedia for some of the references in the following notes.

A Happy Independence Day Weekend 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 [born in Brooklyn, NY on Sept. 26, 1898] 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.

George M. Cohan
George Michael [M.] Cohan was a great American entertainer, playwright and composer, born one day before the 4th of July in 1878.  From Wikipedia: Cohan, born in Providence, Rhode Island, " wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals.  Cohan published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "The Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag".  This was truly one of the great American treasures as a composer and entertainer in the late 19th and early 20th Century in America.  Cohan died in Manhattan of complications from cancer on Nov. 5, 1942.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy four 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:

George M. Cohan: Yankee Doodle Boy:

Happy Independence Day, great patriots of America!

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