Music in the Making

Welcoming Fall With Music

Get ready for the cooler weather with this selection of calm and pastoral compositions.

A photo of a covered bridge in Massachusetts amid fall foliage
A covered bridge in New England amid fall foliage
On this week’s episode of Music in the Making, we’re celebrating the beginning of fall! Listen to these pastoral pieces to prepare for the (hopefully) cooler weather!

Our first selection is a group of four folk tunes from the Czech Republic and Scotland that sing of nature, picturesque landscapes and love.

Second on the program is an arrangement of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Debussy famously used unusual harmonies and scales to depict the image of a small faun chasing woodland nymphs. While originally written for orchestra, this is an arrangement for flute, clarinet and piano.

Next, Shifting Landscape lends some musical thoughts about the changing seasons. This was written by George Heathco for the Moores School of Music’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble in 2012.

Finally, a piece inspired by a place that is famous for its scenic fall views: New England. Written in three movements, each section brings us to a different location around New England, filled with various American folk tunes that you might recognize.

Music in this episode:

Dvorak, arr. Janacek – Moravian Choruses; Trad., arr. Mack Wilberg – Scottish Folk Songs

Moores School Concert Chorale; Andreea Muţ and Katherine Johnson, piano; Betsy Cook Weber, conductor
2/11/2013
Moores Opera House

Claude Debussy, arr. Michael Webster – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Leone Buyse, flute; Michael Webster, clarinet; Tali Morgulis, piano
6/23/2015
Moores Opera House

George Heathco – Shifting Landscape

AURA Contemporary Ensemble: Jennifer Dennison, clarinet; Laura Cividino, violin; Geraldine Ong, piano
2/20/2012
Moores Opera House

Charles Ives – Three Places in New England

Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra; Larry Rachleff, conductor
10/7/2007
Stude Concert Hall

This episode originally aired Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical 91.7.

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