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Derrick Skye: American Mirror

Derrick Skye, composerCourtesy of the artist

January 07, 2022

What do we mean when we say "American classical music"? Composer Derrick Skye sought to answer that question in the form of a string quartet. On today's show, hear music that draws on the musical traditions that reflect our multicultural American society: American Mirror by Derrick Skye.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Eduardo di Capua: O sole mio
Apollo Chamber Players
Album: European Folkscapes
Navona Records 5941

Brian Field: Beatitudines
Lviv Philharmonic and Chorus | Ferdinando Nazzaro, conductor
Lviv Philharmonic Society, Lviv Philharmonic Hall, Lviv, Ukraine

Pierre Jalbert: L'esprit du Nord (Spirit of the North)
Apollo Chamber Players
Apollo Chamber Players, Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), Houston, TX

Cesar Franck: Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)
Orchestre National de France | Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Auditorium Radio France Broadcasting House, Paris, France

Hour 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 BWV 1051: Movement 2
Il Giardino Armonico | Giovanni Antonini, conductor
Album: Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Teldec 98442

Derrick Skye: American Mirror, Part II
Formosa Quartet
Taipei Music Academy and Festival, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA

Tarquinio Merula: Canzon 'La Piva'
Il Giardino Armonico | Giovanni Antonini, conductor
Actus Humanus Festival, Artus Court, Gdansk, Poland

Otto Winter-Hjelm: Symphony No. 2 in B minor
Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
NRK Radio Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway