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Album Review

Who said all the exciting classical music from the 18th and 19th centuries came from Europe? This very patriotic collection exposes obscure but still emotionally stirring pieces written during such landmark historical events as the American Revolution ("Chester" by William Billings), "The Battle of Trenton" (James Hewitt's multi-movement ten-minute sweep through Washington's leading of the troops across the Delaware), the signing of the Constitution (Alexander Reinagle's "The Federal March"), and even (should you care) the McKinley Inauguration (a spirited march by Victor Herbert). The Goldman Band has been recognized for more than half a century as a vital part of America's concert life; it has cultivated the traditions and repertoire nurtured by two centuries of American bands. The band was founded in 1911 by composer-conductor Edwin Franko Goldman, and has since 1924 presented its famous concerts in New York under the sponsorship of the Guggenheim Foundation; Richard Franko Goldman, son of the founder, has led the band since his father's death in 1956, and leads a joyful set of tunes here. Among the lesser-known composers represented is the very famous John Philip Sousa. But while most American Band collections would feature the tried and true "Stars and Stripes Forever," Goldman conducts the lively "Presidential Polonaise," a dance piece composed in 1888 to be played for balls in the White House during the Chester A. Arthur administration. A great historical musical document as well as an inspired piece of American recording.

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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jun 14, 2001

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