Copland: Appalachian Spring - Rodeo - Fanfare For The Common Man
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||Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Louis Lane||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rodeo: I. Buckaroo Holiday||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Louis Lane||7:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rodeo: II. Corral Nocturne||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Louis Lane||3:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rodeo: III. Saturday Night Waltz||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Louis Lane||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rodeo: IV. Hoe-Down||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Louis Lane||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Appalachian Spring (Suite)||Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Louis Lane||22:25||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Classical music you'll actually play!
This album is the antithesis of boring classical music. It's fun, it's alive, it's not snobby (after all, it's for "The Common Man"!) and I play it all the time. OK, so I originally bought it to check out the "original versions" of songs that I knew from ELP (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer). These days I rarely listen to the ELP versions, but this album gets lots of playing time. Fanfare for the Common Man, Hoe-Down, and Appalachian Spring (Suite)...great music. Telarc did a fantastic job of recording (it sounds great at low volume, and even better cranked!).
THE American Composer at his best
This is one of my favorite classical albums of all time. Go ahead and do yourself a favor: buy the whole thing. With it you get Appalachian Spring, my personal favorite classical work of all time. But let me start from the beginning. The Fanfare. This is an essential piece. If you have not heard this piece you have been living under a rock, I am sorry to say. Though not the greatest moment of the album, you definitely need this piece. The brass and percussion, though small in number, bring a larger than life prescence to Copland's chords and tensions and releases. It makes the Common Man feel good. Rodeo is a very fun piece, more fun than allot of other works. The first movement is unforgettable and it features two main themes, one that is first played at the beginning and another that is brought in later. Both themes recieve wonderful treatment from uplifting rounds (starting the theme and having a second voicing enter part way through for effect) to true, enjoyable Western-sounding moments. This is probably my favorite movement of Rodeo. The second is a very relaxed movement, and extremely reflective. It is the type of piece that makes you feel that it is okay to let go. It is very poignant. The third is my least listened to from the CD but still very entertaining. It opens with that classic "warming-up" string sound and goes right into a bouncing but light waltz that cleverly diguises the downbeats. Hoe-Down is the last movement, but certainly not least. This is my second favorite. It is also probably the most well-known movement. This piece alone should be enough to convince anyone that Copland is truly the master of the American sound. I love hearing this and it is extremely fun. If you only want to buy one song on this album for whatever reason, you should buy this one or Buckaroo Holiday. It just might persuade you to buy the rest. Now for Appalachian Spring, the Suite version. This is a compilation of all of the movements by Copalnd from his ballet of the same name into one piece. This is a genius work from beginning to end. This one is full of classic American tunes that no library should be without. You need to buy the whole album so you can get this song. I easily listened to it at least one hundred times in less than a year, and it still has the power to nearly bring me to tears. A wonderful piece, and my forever favorite. I could write three times as much as I have already about each segment alone of this work, but I won't. You will just have to buy it and listen for yourself and join in with the legacy of Copland, forever immortalized as the father of the American sound through the godfather of American songs.
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s