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Our day of remembrance

Portrait of the United States Marine BandPhoto: United States Marine Band

May 30, 2022

Memorial Day. It's the unofficial beginning of summer, but that's not what this holiday is about. On today's show, we mark the day with music by American composers and recognize the people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Mikis Theodorakis: One day in May
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album: Dreams of a World
Teldec 25736

John Williams: Hymn To The Fallen
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square | Craig Jessop, conductor
Album: Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood
Mormon Tabernacle Choir 4973811

John Philip Sousa, arr. Keith Brion: The Honored Dead Funeral March
Royal Swedish Navy Band | Keith Brion, conductor
Album: John Philip Sousa: Music for Wind Band
Naxos 8559691

Johannes Brahms: German Requiem: Movement 7 Blessed are the Dead
Monteverdi Choir | Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra | John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Album: Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Philips 432140

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Selections from Nineteen American Folk Songs for Piano
Virginia Eskin, piano
Album: Music of Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger
Albany 297

John Duarte: Joan Baez Suite, Op. 144: Movements 2 & 6
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album: Journey To The New World
Sony 45456

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
London Symphony Orchestra | Aaron Copland, conductor
Album: He Got Game: The Music of Aaron Copland
Sony 60593

Adolphus Hailstork: Fanfare on Amazing Grace (2003)
Virginia Symphony Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Album: Adolphus Hailstork: An American Port of Call
Naxos 8559722

Hour 2

Frederic Chopin: Etude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Album: Bravo! Chopin Piano Works
Telarc 82003

Charles Ives, arr. Jonathan Elkus: Decoration Day from Four New England Holidays
The President's Own United States Marine Band | Colonel Timothy W. Foley, conductor
Album: Charles Ives's America
USMB 19

Igor Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier's Tale: Movement 2: Le Violon du Soldat
Corinne Stillwell, violin, Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet, Ekaterina Tangarova, piano
Victoria Bach Festival, Trinity Episcopal Church, Victoria, TX

Caroline Shaw: By and By: Movement 4 I'll Fly Away
John Taylor Ward, baritone | Suliman Tekalli, violin | Ravenna Lipchik, violin | Olivia Chew, viola | Austin Fisher, cello
Lakes Area Music Festival, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, MN

John Adams: I Still Play
Jeremy Denk, piano
Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

Antonin Dvorak, arr. William Arms Fisher: Goin' Home for Cello and Piano
Nicholas Canellakis, cello | Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 4 In D minor: Movement 1
Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra | John Jeter, conductor
Album: Florence Beatrice Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4