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COPLAND: Prairie Journal / The Red Pony Suite / Letter from Home

Composer(s)Copland, Aaron
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559240
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

This Copland collection is devoted specifically to works inspired by the spacious landscape of the American prairie. The Suite for the 1948 film of John Steinbeck’s novel The Red Pony, depicts life on a ranch in California. The composer described the music as ‘folkish’, although the themes are all original. The second of Copland’s ‘cowboy ballets’, Rodeo, about the desperate attempts of a cowgirl to become a ranch cowhand, quotes a variety of American folk-tunes, and includes the irrepressible Hoe Down. Prairie Journal offers a vivid sonic evocation of life on a western range, while Letter from Home, completed during the peak of World War II, beautifully conjures the feelings of nostalgia one might experience at a far-away army camp.

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Work/Track Title Time
COPLAND: Prairie Journal / The Red Pony Suite / Letter from Home 59:47   
  Prairie Journal 10:54       
  Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes          
      No. 1. Buckeroo Holiday 7:19       
      No. 2. Corral Nocturne 3:42       
      No. 3. Saturday Night Waltz 4:24       
      No. 4. Hoe-Down 3:26       
  Letter from Home 6:26       
  The Red Pony Suite (orchestral version)          
      I. Morning on the Ranch 4:27       
      II. The Gift 4:31       
      IIIa. Dream March 2:28       
      IIIb Circus March 1:48       
      IV. Walk to the Bunkhouse 2:57       
      V. Grandfather's Story 4:15       
      VI. Happy Ending 3:10       
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