Poster Composer William Bolcom
Composer William Bolcom
Peter Smith
Performance Today®

William Bolcom: Three Rags

In the 1960s, composer William Bolcom heard music by Scott Joplin. Bolcom became a huge fan of ragtime, and he wound up writing quite a few rags of his own. On today's show, we'll hear Bolcom's Three Rags for String Quartet, from a concert in Interlochen, Michigan.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Hugh Wolff, conductor
Ravel: Ma Mere L'Oye, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Teldec 74006

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Op. 64: Movements 3-4
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; Manuel Lopez-Gomez, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of MD, College Park, MD

Jessie Montgomery: Records from a Vanishing City
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
SPCO, Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul, MN

Randall Thompson: Alleluia (Live)
Morehouse College Glee Club; David Morrow, conductor
IMC Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Inc. 2012 National Seminar: The Morehouse College Glee Club (Live)
Soundwaves Recording NA

Moses Hogan: My Soul's Been Anchored
Morehouse College Glee Club; David Morrow, conductor
Bound for the Promised Land
Albany Records NA

Hour 2

Leonard Bernstein: Riffs from Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Movement 3
Peter Schmidl, clarinet; Vienna Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds
DG 11878

William Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet
Harlem Quartet
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole, Livre 2, selections
Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo; Doug Balliett, viola da gamba
Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA 2019, South Carolina Public Radio, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

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