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Andrea Blain

Last week, I bought my dog Buddy a stars and stripes bandanna to wear on the 4th of July. To be honest, I don’t think he cares, but the 4th of July has meant a lot to me for a long time. Ironically, that’s because most of my 4th of Julys have been spent outside America.

Living in Ireland, the 4th of July was not on the official holiday radar. That made it even more important to me, especially where music was concerned.

As a broadcaster from America, I was the “go-to person” when it came to Independence Day. This went hand-in-hand (quite literally) with the fact that I once shook hands with Aaron Copland. Working for the BBC in Belfast, I was a guest on programs about American music, and later I produced and presented them.

Inevitably, among my personal choices of music that resonated for the 4th was music by Copland, often his Lincoln Portrait. There is a recording of Margaret Thatcher as narrator in that, which understandably was never the version chosen for broadcast in Northern Ireland. Another must-have work was the Charles Ives/William Schumann Variations on “America”. I was always keen to point out that the tune of the United Kingdom’s “God Save the Queen” is the same tune to which I sang the words “My country, ‘tis of thee” for so many years of elementary school.

There’s a lot of emotion attached to patriotic music, and for me, that music sounded like home. It will be amazing to actually be home this year on the 4th of July, living and working in America again.

Be sure to listen to Classical MPR as we provide the music for your 4th of July holiday weekend.

Andrea Blain, Host, Classical Music


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