Symphony No. 4 Three New England Sketches Capriccio for Harp and String Orchestra

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dc.contributor.other Walter Piston es
dc.contributor.other Therese Elder Wunrow es
dc.contributor.other Seattle Symphony es
dc.contributor.other Gerard Schwarz es
dc.coverage.spatial Seattle - United States es
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T16:34:57Z
dc.date.available 2003
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T16:34:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2003
dc.date.issued 2013-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3864
dc.description.abstract Walter Piston was a leading light among those mid-twentieth century American composers who opted to explore traditional musical forms and language. Although he was perhaps better known as a teacher and the author of a widely used book on harmony than as a composer, Piston's music displays superb craftsmanship within his selected neo-Classic-Romantic idiom. Piston was born in Rockland, ME, of Italian lineage; the family name had been Pistone but his grandparents had Anglicized it by dropping the "e." His parents moved to Boston in 1904. In his teens, Piston's musical education commenced with piano and violin lessons. At that time, however, painting was his main interest, but he conceded the superiority of his future wife, Kathryn Nason, in that field and concentrated on music. With the entry of the United States into the First World War, Piston hurriedly crammed the rudiments of saxophone technique and enlisted in the Navy as a band musician. In between rehearsals and performances, he familiarized himself with most of the other instruments in the band, learning to produce at least a few tunes on each one. This was an invaluable experience for one whose name would become linked to orchestral composition. After the war, Piston entered Harvard and began to study music in earnest, graduating summa cum laude in 1924. From there he went to Paris on a Paine Fellowship to study with Paul Dukas and Nadia Boulanger. This was a heady time, for many of who would become America's most noted composers were under the wing of the latter: Copland, Harris, Thompson, and Barber, to name a few. Piston returned to the U.S. in 1926 and joined the faculty of Harvard, retiring in 1960. In 1928 the Boston Symphony under Koussevitzky performed Piston's Symphonic Piece. Although it met with moderate success and acclaim, the composer chose not to publish it and followed it with his Suite for Orchestra which met with more acclaim, finding a champion in Stokowski, who performed the work with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1938 his ballet The Incredible Flutist was performed, and the suite from this was for a long time his most celebrated work. Meanwhile, Piston had commenced upon his series of eight symphonies with his First in 1937. With these the composer revealed his prowess in the field of large-scale absolute music, garnering a steady stream of prestigious awards and honors, among them the New York Music Critics Circle for the Second Symphony (1945), and the Pulitzer Prize for the Third (1948) and the Seventh (1959). In the last year of his life, Piston achieved what may have been his largest audience when a performance of the Second Symphony was televised on PBS's Evening at Symphony. As a composer, Walter Piston remained an enlightened conservative. Taking the neo-Classic mode of expression and infusing it into larger Romantic forms with flawless craftsmanship, he was one of the great bearers of the symphonic tradition in the twentieth century. © Wayne Gerard Reisig, All Music Guide es
dc.description.tableofcontents Symphony No. 4 ; Piacevole, Ballando, Contemplativo, Energico-- Capriccio for harp and string orchestra / Therese Elder Wunrow, Harp-- The new England sketches ; Seaside (Adagio), Summer evening (Delicato), Mountains (Maestoso, Risoluto)-- es
dc.format.extent 51:37min es
dc.format.medium 1 CD Rom (51 min., 37 seg) : Stereo 4 3/4 plg es
dc.language.iso en_US es
dc.rights Uninorte F.m Estéreo es
dc.subject.lcc 52733995 es
dc.subject.lcsh Symphonies, String orchestra es
dc.title Symphony No. 4 Three New England Sketches Capriccio for Harp and String Orchestra es
dc.title.alternative Symphony No. 4 Three New England Sketches Capriccio for Harp and String Orchestra es
dc.language.rfc3066 eng es
dc.rights.holder Hnh International Ltd. es
dc.identifier.classification 636943916223 es
dc.subject.cdu Pis.03 es


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1. Symphony No. 4 - Piacevole.mp3 6:15 8.565Mb MPEG Audio mp3
2. Symphony No. 4 - Ballando.mp3 5:10 7.094Mb MPEG Audio mp3
3. Symphony No. 4 - Contemplativo.mp3 8:43 11.95Mb MPEG Audio mp3
4. Symphony No. 4 - Energico.mp3 4:12 5.769Mb MPEG Audio mp3
5. Capriccio fo ... g orchestra - Completo.wav 10:13 103.1Mb WAV audio wav
6. The new England sketches - Seaside (Adagio).mp3 6:47 9.313Mb MPEG Audio mp3
7. The new Engl ... mer evening (Delicato).mp3 2:54 3.980Mb MPEG Audio mp3
8. The new Engl ... s (Maestoso, Risoluto).mp3 7:00 9.601Mb MPEG Audio mp3
Symphony No. 4 - Completo.wav 24:09 243.7Mb WAV audio wav
The new England sketches - Completo.wav 16:33 167.0Mb WAV audio wav

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