A classical music website by Tim Mangan
December 14, 2016
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A wonderful tone poem brimming with energy. With such a striking title and great music, I don’t know why this piece is not done more. Would make a great opener.
Thanks, Tim. Been looking for a recording of this for ages. 🙂 Classic Martinu …
Most of the middle part between 3:40 and 8:00 is quite nice. The louder passages in the beginning and the ending sound a bit too simplistic and bombastic for my taste. Not a great piece, but i’ve heard worse certainly. Pretty good performance, especially the way the tempo is maintained throughout. Surprisingly for me, i don’t remember ever hearing this piece on Jim Svejda program. Maybe just never been lucky enough to be driving at the right time.
Categorize this (I guess) with Hindemith’s ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’ as an example of overt gratitude to the US expressed by immigrant artists. Any other examples of that sub-sub-genre come to mind?
Stravinsky’s arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
Ernest Bloch’s America: An Epic Rhapsody
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