What Are You Listening To?

Some Classical Selections from Textbook Editor Ben Scott

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Ben Scott's Choices

Listen Fourth Movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Carlos Kleiber

Listen 'Saturday Night Waltz' from Aaron Copland's 'Rodeo' as performed by New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conducting

Listen Passacalle from the 'Night Music of the Streets of Madrid' by Boccherini as performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan conducting

Textbook editor Ben Scott is the latest contributor to the continuing All Things Considered series "What Are You Listening To?" NPR's Steve Inskeep listens along.

His first choice is the fourth movement from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Scott began listening to classical music thanks to his high school history teacher who incorporated music into the curriculum. After hearing a Handel piece in class, he thought "I have to have this, and more of it!" He says he was probably the only kid in Concord, Mass., whose parents told him to "turn down that damn Beethoven!"

While he says he doesn't like much music from the 20th century, Scott has also chosen a more contemporary piece — "Saturday Night Waltz" from Aaron Copland's Rodeo. Scott says the lyric quality and calm beauty evokes the sunsets of Montana.

His final selection is a Passacalle from the "Night Music of the Streets of Madrid" by Boccherini. The piece is supposed to evoke street musicians in Spain, and the violinists pluck their instruments like guitars. Scott says like the Copland piece, this composition has a transporting quality.



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