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Copland, Aaron: Music for a Great City (1964) 24'
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3(II=picc,III=picc,afl).2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.0-timp.perc(5): glsp/gong/vib/xyl/conga dr/timbales/cowbells/cyms/susp.cym/tgl/ claves/maracas/tpl.bl/wdbl/whip/BD/SD/TD/rattle/sandpaper-harp-pft (cel)-strings

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Programme Note

Copland was drawn to the film, Something Wild, an unusual psychological drama about the feelings of a young girl learning to live with violence and with the moods of the city. The scenario required long stretches of uninterrupted music which Copland later shaped into a symphonic suite to satisfy a commission from the London Symphony Orchestra. The four movements are titled: Skyline, Night Thoughts, Subway Jam, and Toward the Bridge.

-Vivian Perlis, 1998



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