May 31, 1999: Memorial Day

In connection with the US Memorial Day holiday, which evolved from the post-Civil War era Decoration Day, this program features some music with connections to that period of American history.

The birthday of Edward Elgar (2 June 1857) is observed by playing several selections from his oeuvre. The Coronation Ode is particularly seasonal because it employs the music of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, commonly used as processional music during graduation ceremonies.

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Duke Ellington: Mainly Black (CD: Music by (Nigel Kennedy, violin; Ellington & Bartók) Alec Dankwork, double bass) Roy Whelden: Quartet after Abel (CD: Roy (American Baroque) Whelden: Galax) La Mariagneta (CD: Folias & Canarios) (Hespérion XX; Jordi Savall)
Herbert Howells: Holy Spirit, ever dwelling (CD: Hymns of (St. Clement's Choir, Heaven and Earth) Philadelphia; Peter Conte) Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate deo omnis terra (CD: Jubilate Deo!) (Montiverdi Choir & Friends; John Eliot Gardiner) John Tavener / Mother Thekla of the Monastery of the (CD: Jubilate Deo!) Assumption: The world is burning (Montiverdi Choir & Friends; John Eliot Gardiner) Charles Wood: God omnipotent reigneth (CD: The Choral (Blackburn Cathedral and Organ Music Choir; David Cooper) of Charles Wood) Books of the Band, 26th North Carolina Regiment (CD: Listen to Luto Quick Step the Mockingbird) Come dearest, the daylight is gone Dixie / Bonnie blue flag Last rose of summer Listen to the Mockingbird (Chestnut Brass Company and Friends) Michael Tippett: Five Negro spirituals from A Child of (CD: Tippett: Our Time Choral Music) (Choir of Christ Church Cathedral; Stephen Darlington) Battle hymn of the Republic (arr. P. Wilhousky) (CD: Westminster (The Westminster Choir; Glen Choir at Spoleto Parker, piano; Joseph Flummerfelt) Festival, USA) Simple gifts (arr. Aaron Copland) (CD: American (The American Boychoir; James Litton) Boychoir: By Request) John Philip Sousa (arr. John Kuzma): The stars and (CD: American strips forever Boychoir: By Request) (The American Boychoir; James Litton)
Edward Elgar: Salut d'amour, op. 12 (CD: Violin Romances) (Gil Shaham, violin; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) Edward Elgar: Coronation ode, op. 44 (CD: Elgar: The Kingdom (Felicity Lott, soprano; Alfreda / Coronation Ode) Hodgson, contralto; Richard Morton, tenor; Stephen Roberts, bass; Cambridge University Musical Society; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall; Philip Ledger) Edward Elgar: Nimrod (arr. W. H. Harris) (CD: Organ Spectacular: (Marvin Souter, organ) Martin Souter plays the organ of Winchester Cathedral) Anna Russell: Poetry in the cellar (CD: Anna Russell: Encore (?)) Warren Martin: Great Day (CD: Praise the Lord) (Choir of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue; Gerre Hancock)
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