Those loyal readers who regularly follow my blog will know that I have been dedicating my last few posts to works by American composers, in the lead up to Independence Day. This post pays tribute to other great works by American composers that I haven't yet featured and a recap of some that I have already. Due to the length of the list, I have split this post into two parts (part 2 here). The second part will be released tomorrow....something to look forward to then, right? Clicking on the CD cover will take you to the associated Amazon.com page. I have included a Spotify playlist of all the below CDs at the end of this post, so listen along.
John Adams (b.1947)
"part epic, part satire, part parody of political posturing, and part serious examination of historical, philosophical, and even gender issues."
George Antheil (1900-1959)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Adagio for Strings was covered in a prior post.
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" was covered in a prior post.
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
John Corigliano (b.1938)
George Gershwin (1898-1937)