1926, vol. 2: Ravel, Hanson, Copland

In 1926, Hanson completed an Organ Concerto, a solo piano piece called Vermeland, and a tone poem for orchestra entitled Pan and the Priest.  The Organ Concerto isn’t heard today in its 1926 version; Hanson revised it in 1941 as his Concerto for Organ, Harp, and Orchestra, and it’s this version you can find on record. […] (Click here to continue reading a transcript of this podcast.)

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Ravel, Chansons Madécasses
Hanson, Pan and the Priest
Copland, Piano Concerto
Armstrong, Cornet Chop Suey
Copland, Sentimental Melody
Copland, Two Pieces for Violin and Piano

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2 Responses to 1926, vol. 2: Ravel, Hanson, Copland

  1. Comment by William Block made on November 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    After listening to Podcast 1926 – Volume 2, it evoked memories of my many visits to the HC Prange record department in the basement of the store. I recall thumbing through the many albums, many of which were by Howard Hanson and the Eastman Rochester Orchestra. I always enjoyed perusing the liner notes on the backs of the albums. At that time, TIME MAGAZINE would always have a music section and Hanson took his orchestra on tour of Europe and I believe even Russia. I totally agree with your assessment of Hanson, that he was romantic through and through. Apart from the second symphony, I really am not familiar with much of his work. My wife Judy was interested in that he was Swedish, and he definitely left his mark on music history. When I was young, Hanson was still a living composer.

    • Brian Linnell Comment by Brian Linnell made on November 19, 2011 at 2:43 am

      You know, one of my favorite college professors was a cellist and music history lecturer. He was a student at the Eastman School back when Hanson was the dean there. He said Hanson was an anachronism in those days, because the radical postwar avant-garde techniques were followed as dogma by almost everyone involved in music composition (especially at universities), but there was Hanson writing his tuneful Romantic scores.

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