William Dawson, the African American composer and conductor is represented with his Negro Folk Symphony and two of his choral arrangements of spirituals in this program. Also, the anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein (25 August 1918) is commemorated with works composed by him in each hour of this program.
The representative work from the BBC Promenade Concerts is Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, from this season's Prom 19 (August 3) concert.
Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Danses (CD: Bernstein (New York Philharmonic; Conducts Bernstein) Leonard Bernstein) William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony (CD: Still: Symphony (Detroit Symphony No. 2 / Dawson: Negro Orchestra; Neeme Järvi) Folk Symphony / Ellington: Harlem) Igor Stravinsky: Overture to the Pulcinella Suite (CD: Weill: The (Northern Sinfonia Seven Deadly Sins Orchestra; Simon Rattle) / Stravinsky: Pulcinella)
William Dawson (arr.): Ezekiel (CD: Vidu!) (San Jose State University Choraliers) William Dawson: Good news (LP: Rejoice! Give (Choir of Trinity Church, thanks and sing) Princeton; James Litton) Aaron Copland: At the river (LP: Rejoice! Give (Choir of Trinity Church, thanks and sing) Princeton; James Litton) Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (CD: Bernstein Conducts (Soloist from Vienna Boys' Choir; Bernstein: Songfest / Wiener Jeunesse-Choir; Israel Chichester Psalms) Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein) Henry Purcell: Suite from the play Abdelazer (CD: Purcell: Music (The Parley of for the Theatre) Instruments; Peter Holman) Edward Bairstow: Blessed city, heavenly Salem (CD: The Choral Music (The St. Thomas Choir of Men and of Edward Bairstow) Boys (New York); Gerre Hancock) Orlando Gibbons: Praise the Lord, O my soul (CD: Gibbons: (Clerkes of Oxenford; David Wulstan) Church Music)
Leonard Bernstein: Slava! (CD: Beachcomber) (Dallas Wind Symphony; Frederick Fennell) Kurt Weill: Die sieben Todsünden (CD: Weill: The (Elise Ross, soprano (Anna); Anthony Seven Deadly Sins Rolfe Johnson, Ian Caley, tenors; / Stravinsky: Michael Rippon, baritone; John Pulcinella) Tomlinson, bass (Mother); City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle) Georg Böhm: Variations on the chorale, "Herr Jesu (CD: Georg Böhm Christ, dich zu uns wend" / F. Menissier: (François Menissier) Orgue de Hommert) Nicolas de Grigny: Agnus Dei: Dialogue (CD: Grigny: Messe) (Pierre Bardon)
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