By William Mah
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History Notes is a look back at moments in history as seen and interpreted by great composers, and reflected in their music. It tells the stories of great artists, the inspiration behind their great works, and sometimes their struggles against injustice. History Notes puts great musical works into the context of the times in which they were written and sheds light on the lives of their composers. It's for music lovers, history buffs, educators, and anyone who likes a good story. Join us on a tour through history from the Age of Enlightenment to the Cold War and beyond. History Notes is made possible by my team of friends Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Maryland.
||CleanAntonin Dvorak and the New World||In 1892, Antonin Dvorak came to America to direct the new National Conservatory of Music in New York City. For three years he would lead this progressive school and its diverse student body in a quest to find the authentic American sound.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEroica: Beethoven and Bonaparte||Ludwig von Beethoven hated despotism and desperately wanted an enlightened leader who would liberate Europe from its kings and princes. He thought he saw such a hero in a young General Napoleon Bonaparte. But what did Bonaparte do to deserve a symp||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad||Dmitri Shostakovich grew up Leningrad, in Stalin’s Soviet Union. As a composer, his work was censored and he and his family were punished when his music fell into disfavor under the Stalin regime. During Stalin’s Great Terror,||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man||Aaron Copland composed Fanfare for the Common Man in 1942 during World War II. He wanted to honor the common man “who was doing all the dirty work in the war and the Army.” But Copland’s title was more than a simple celebration of the everyday||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN
GREAT! Lots of good information. Its good to hear/see relevant connections of history and music to better understand the past as well as the ideas or ideals that birth such outstanding compositions as A. Copland's Fanfare For the Common Man.
I went to my brother's concert at his high school last week. Both the band and orchestra played Copland pieces. Listening to this podcast first made the concert more interesting. Great job William on this podcast! Btw, he's my brother. Hurry up with the next one!!!