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THOMSON, V.: Plow that Broke the Plains (The) / The River (Post-Classical Ensemble, Gil-Ordonez)

Composer(s)Thomson, Virgil
Artist(s) Gil-Ordonez, Angel, Conductor • PostClassical Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music
Catalogue 8.559291
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99

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Pare Lorentz’s The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1937) are landmark American documentary films.* Aesthetically, they break new ground in seamlessly marrying pictorial imagery, symphonic music, and poetic free verse, all realized with supreme artistry. Ideologically, they indelibly encapsulate the strivings of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’. Virgil Thomson’s scores for both films are among the most famous ever composed for the movies. Aaron Copland praised the music for The Plow for its “frankness and openness of feeling”, calling it “fresher, more simple, and more personal” than the Hollywood norm. He called the music for The River “a lesson in how to treat

*Available from Naxos on DVD (2.110521)


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THOMSON, V.: Plow that Broke the Plains (The) / The River (Post-Classical Ensemble, Gil-Ordonez) 55:35   
  The Plow that Broke the Plains              
      Prelude 4:04    0.99   Add to cart  
      Pastorale (Grass) 1:20    0.99   Add to cart  
      Cattle 2:07    0.99   Add to cart  
      The Homesteader 2:48    0.99   Add to cart  
      Warning 1:30    0.99   Add to cart  
      War and the Tractor 3:55    0.99   Add to cart  
      Speculation (Blues) 2:55    0.99   Add to cart  
      Drought 1:46    0.99   Add to cart  
      Wind and Dust 2:04    0.99   Add to cart  
      Devastation 4:23    0.99   Add to cart  
  The River              
      Prelude 0:40    0.99   Add to cart  
      First Forest 1:01    0.99   Add to cart  
      A Big River 2:46    0.99   Add to cart  
      Cotton Pickers 2:43    0.99   Add to cart  
      Ruins 1:19    0.99   Add to cart  
      Logging 2:00    0.99   Add to cart  
      Coal 2:37    0.99   Add to cart  
      Floods 7:39    1.59   Add to cart  
      Requiem 1:14    0.99   Add to cart  
      Tenancy 3:21    0.99   Add to cart  
      Finale 3:23    0.99   Add to cart  
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