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Classical Notes: January 21, 2009 Archive

Classical Music at the Inauguration

Posted at 8:34 AM on January 21, 2009 by Rex Levang (2 Comments)

Judging by the number of online comments, there's a lot of curiosity about the instrumental piece played at yesterday's inaugural ceremonies.

It's called "Air and Simple Gifts," by John Williams, and it was performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero and Itzhak Perlman.

Yesterday's performance was the world premiere, so there aren't lots of recordings out there. But you can hear the piece again today on Performance Today--minus the voice-over that you heard on some broadcasts.

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