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 these works Morning Glories.
Minnesota is in the deep freeze so this week, we take a reprieve and head to South and Latin America on Morning Glories.
Respighi: Brazilian Impressions
Ottorino Respighi was inspired to write these pieces that capture the color and energy of Brazil after making a visit to that nation.
Puerto Rican composer Ernesto Cordero wrote this work for his friend, violinist Guillermo Figueroa. The work contains elements that evidence the African influences in Puerto Rican music.
Milhaud: Saudades do Brasil
These are a suite of dances for piano, written by French composer Darius Milhaud after a visit to Latin America in 1917.
Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1
American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk spent much of his life travelling, often to Latin America. His Symphony No. 1 is subtitled, "A night in the tropics."
Piazzolla: Four Seasons in Buenos Aires
Tango virtuoso Astor Piazzolla adds sultry flavor to his variations on Vivaldi.
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