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O Beautiful! American Music

From: William Zukof
Length: 58:50

New American Music for Voices A July 4th Special

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O Beautiful! American Music
The Western Wind, America's longest running professional vocal ensemble has created a repertory of vibrant new works for voices.  O Beautiful! American Music presents music by Meredith Monk, William Bolcom, Tania Leon, Matthew Harris, Eric Salzman, Robert Dennis, Billy Joel, Elliot Z. Levine and Gayla Morgan.  Interviews with the composers and arrangers are woven into the show.  The title is taken from Gayla Morgan's brilliant pastiche of "America the Beautiful" and "Rte.66" with an allusion to "I Like to be in America" from West Side Story. It  captures the exuberance and inclusiveness of our time.

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Piece Description

O Beautiful! American Music
The Western Wind, America's longest running professional vocal ensemble has created a repertory of vibrant new works for voices.  O Beautiful! American Music presents music by Meredith Monk, William Bolcom, Tania Leon, Matthew Harris, Eric Salzman, Robert Dennis, Billy Joel, Elliot Z. Levine and Gayla Morgan.  Interviews with the composers and arrangers are woven into the show.  The title is taken from Gayla Morgan's brilliant pastiche of "America the Beautiful" and "Rte.66" with an allusion to "I Like to be in America" from West Side Story. It  captures the exuberance and inclusiveness of our time.

Broadcast History

Originally produced for PRI and distributed in June 2008

Timing and Cues

Total Length: 58:54
There are two breaks with low-level music beds:

Break 1: 18:55 "You are listening..," followed by music bed ending at 20:03

Break 2: 37:37 "You are listening..." followed by music bed ending at 38:28

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
O Beautiful! Rte 66, arr. by Gayla Morgan The Western Wind 03:00
Late Show/Maternity Ward by William Bolcom The Western Wind 03:00
O Western Wind by Robert Dennis The Western Wind Man in The Moon. Western Wind 2003 01:19
Mexico Fellaheen by Ronald Gold The Western Wind 04:55
i thank You God by Elliot Z. Levine The Western Wind Western Wind Encores. Western Wind 2002 03:42
Sweet And Low by Matthew Harris The Western Wind 04:33
Canto from Batey by Tania Leon & Michel Camilo The Western Wind Blessings and Batey 5. Western Wind Records 1994 05:31
And So It Goes by Billy Joel, arr. Y. Matsuoka The Western Wind :00
Basket Rondo (excerpt) by Meredith Monk The Western Wind 06:41
You are All That is Left of Me by Eric Salzman The Western Wind 03:41

Related Website

www.westernwind.org