Poster William Grant Still
Composer William Grant Still
Library of Congress
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Wood Notes

Performance Today - June 7, 2024

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.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Florence Price: Barcarolle
Kirsten Johnson, piano
Album: Florence Price: Piano Music
Guild 7828

Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D.898 Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Montrose Trio
Geneva Music Festival, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY

Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra | Stephane Deneve, conductor
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, St. Louis, MO

Florence Price: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A minor
Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano | Takacs Quartet
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Hour 2

David Popper: Gavotte No. 2
Steven Isserlis, cello | Stephen Hough, piano
Album: Children's Cello
Bis 1562

Frederic Chopin: Nocturne in B Major
Evren Ozel, piano
Schubert Club and Chopin Society of MN, Ordway Concert Hall, St Paul, MN

Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 7 in G Major, G. 480
Tiento Nuovo | Steven Isserlis, cello | Ignacio Prego, harpsichord
Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain

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

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