Copland's Quiet City - La Jolla Symphony & Chorus - UCSD-TV - University of California Television
Copland's Quiet City - La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Date: 2/16/2018; 9 minutes


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Aaron Copland originally composed "Quiet City" in 1939 for the play of the same name. The play failed, but Copland's piece went on to become one of his best-loved & most frequently performed works. "Quiet City" is essentially an urban nocturne, the aural equivalent of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," and is built around two themes: an evocative trumpet call, and a dotted figure for the strings. To round out the piece Copland added haunting interludes performed either by an English horn or an oboe (in this case an oboe). Recorded on 11/05/2017. (#33383)

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