Category Archives: American

Steve Reich’s Different Trains

As a young child in 1940’s America, Reich spent a lot of time riding trains between New York and California. Later in life, riding trains in Boston, he had the realization that as a Jew, had he been born in … Continue reading

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99: Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4 “Heroes”

Our 99th Symphony jumps more than 200 years from Haydn’s 100th in 1794 to Philip Glass’s 4th in 1996. Titled Heroes, Glass’s symphony is based on the 1977 album by David Bowie. This was the second album in the “Berlin … Continue reading

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George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

A few days ago I found out the chemistry teacher who used to teach at our school passed away. Apart from being a science teacher, he was also a very talented pianist. He retired my freshman or sophomore year so … Continue reading

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Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

When I first began my foray into classical music, one of the first albums I purchased was a collection of pieces by Aaron Copland. I was already vaguely familiar with ¬†Appalachian Spring, our high school marching band having used the … Continue reading

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