St. Paul, Minn. —
Every weekday 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.
This Friday is the Fourth of July we'll lead up to it with five pieces that show how four American composers and one Czech have given expression to America's history, landscape, and aspirations.
Schickele: String Quartet No. 2 ("American Dreams")
Peter Schickele is often associated with the far-out compositions of P. D. Q. Bach; here, however, he speaks in his own voice.
Copland: Billy the Kid
Aaron Copland used folk melodies and cowboy songs to tell the story of Billy the Kid and America's westward expansion.
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2
A flamboyant piano concerto from 1890 by one of the first American composers to win international recognition.
Still: Symphony No. 4
William Grant Still said that this symphony was meant to reflect the spirit of the American people.
Dvořák: Hiawatha Melodrama
Fascinating fact: While Dvořák was living in America, he studied and was influenced by Longfellow's "Hiawatha." This piece brings together Dvořák's music and Longfellow's words.
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