Morning Glories: Creating a Diversion

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
October 21, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories.

Not all classical music is weighty or solemn. Some of it is designed to provide diversion — and we'll offer five pieces that make that claim, right in their titles.


Leonard Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra
Listeners to this work have heard echoes of Beethoven, John Philip Sousa, and Woody Woodpecker.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento for Winds, K. 131
The divertimento was a staple of the Classical era. Here's an example by the 16-year-old Mozart.


Gordon Jacob: Divertimento for Harmonica and Strings
Gordon Jacob's piece features an instrument we don't hear too often in the classical world.


Richard Strauss: Divertimento after Couperin
Maurice Ravel wasn't the only one to compose an homage to François Couperin — here's Strauss's orchestration of keyboard music by the Baroque master.


Emile Bernard: Divertissement in F
Music with a light French touch, written for a double wind quintet.

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