Copland: Grohg & Billy the Kid Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin
- Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990): Grohg:
- 1Grohg: I. Introduction & Cortège - Entrance of Grohg07:55
- 2Grohg: II. Dance of the Adolescent06:20
- 3Grohg: III. Dance of the Opium-Eater (Visions of Jazz)03:40
- 4Grohg: IV. Dance of the Street-Walker04:31
- 5Grohg: V. Imagines the Dead Are Mocking Him05:00
- 6Grohg: VI. Illumination and Disappearance of Grohg02:04
- Billy the Kid:
- 7Billy the Kid: I. Introduction. The Open Prairie03:17
- 8Billy the Kid: II. Street in a Frontier Town03:18
- 9Billy the Kid: III. Mexican Dance & Finale07:07
- 10Billy the Kid: IV. Prairie Night (Card Game at Night)03:39
- 11Billy the Kid: V. Gun Battle02:34
- 12Billy the Kid: VIa. Celebration03:00
- 13Billy the Kid: VIb. Billy in Prison01:40
- 14Billy the Kid: VIc. Billy in the Desert. Waltz03:46
- 15Billy the Kid: VIIa. Billy's Death01:09
- 16Billy the Kid: VIIb. Billy's Funeral. Mourning Mexicans01:24
- 17Billy the Kid: VIII. The Open Prairie Again02:21
Info for Copland: Grohg & Billy the Kid
Aaron Copland did as much as anyone in establishing American concert music on the world stage, and his ballet scores proved to be among his most important and influential works. Grohg is the most ambitious example of his Parisian years, a precociously brilliant one-act ballet scored for full orchestra, inspired by the silent expressionist film Nosferatu. The first example of Copland’s new ‘Americanized’ music of the 1930s was Billy the Kid, based on the life of the 19th century outlaw and heard here in its full version. This was the first fully fledged American ballet in style and content: brassy, syncopated, filmic and richly folk-flavoured.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the twelfth Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.
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Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin is currently Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is also the author of a new book entitled Conducting Business. His previous positions have included a seventeen-year tenure with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, a twelve-year tenure with the National Symphony as well as titled positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the New Orleans Philharmonic.
Always committed to young people, Leonard Slatkin founded the National Conducting Institute and the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and continues to work with student orchestras around the world. Born in Los Angeles, where his parents, conductor-violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, were founding members of the Hollywood String Quartet, he began his musical studies on the violin and studied conducting with his father, followed by training with Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at the Juilliard School. His more than 100 recordings have brought seven GRAMMY® Awards and 64 GRAMMY® Award nominations. He has received many other honours, including the 2003 National Medal of Arts, France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton for service to American music.