Poster William Grant Still
Composer William Grant Still
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PT Weekend: William Grant Still

In 1948, American composer William Grant Still was inspired by some poems about the natural beauty of the American South. On this episode of Performance Today, take a break with us and hear Wood Notes, William Grant Still's work of quiet musical contemplation. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Luigi Boccherini: String Trio No. 20 in C Minor, Op. 14 No. 2: Movement 3
Boccherini Quartet
Album: Boccherini: Trio, Quartet & 2 Quintets
Canal Grande 6003

William Grant Still: Wood Notes
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Ethan Woyach calling from Oak Park, IL

Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet in D, Op. 40 No. 2
Gringolts Quartet | Christophe Coin, cello
Mizmorim Festival, Schmiedenhof, Basel, Switzerland

Hour 2

Fanny Mendelssohn: Das Jahr (The Year): October
Christina Bjorkoe, piano
Album: Das Jahr
Danacord 957

Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra | Christian Reif, conductor
Lakes Area Music Festival, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, Brainerd, MN

R.A. Moulds: Egloga: el Sauce que se enamoro de la Caricia del Viento
Lviv National Philhamonic of Ukraine | Benjamin Loeb, conductor
Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Ukrainian National Academic Theater, Lviv, Ukraine

Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor
Geoffrey Herd, violin | Max Geissler, cello | Henry Kramer, piano
Geneva Music Festival, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY

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