Immigrant Composers

Host Bob Edwards talks with Morning Edition music commentator Miles Hoffman about some of the great classical composers who immigrated to America during the last century. Miles plays some unusual musical excerpts, including Stravinsky's arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," and a piece of 1940s film music that sounds like the inspiration for the Star Wars theme. A list of featured composers:

1. Ernest Bloch. Fugue from the Concerto Grosso for Strings and Piano. Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Gerard Schwarz, conductor. DELOS. DE-3135

2. Ernest Bloch. "America: An Epic Rhapsody for Orchestra." Same CD as No. 1.

3. Erich Korngold. Overture to the film, Kings Row. From: THE SEAHAWK: CLASSIC FILM SCORES OF ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD. National Philharmonic Orchestra. RCA Victor. 60863-2-RG

4. Igor Stravinsky. Orchestral Arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner. From STRAVINSKY IN AMERICA. Michael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra. RCA Victor./ BMG Classics. 09026-6886-5-2

5. Bright Sheng. "The Song of Majnu: Opera in One Act." Houston Grand Opera. DELOS. DE-3211

6. Igor Stravinsky. Choral Arrangment of The Star Spangled Banner. from THE ESSENTIAL IGOR STRAVINSKY. (Compilation). The Festival Singers of Toronto—CBC Symphony Orchestra. Sony Classical/Legacy. J2K 89910

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