The actual date of this episode is 1941-02-16. For technical reasons, it shows up incorrectly above.
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Incomplete. Sides 3 and 6 only.
Begins abruptly with "Dance of the Frogs" followed by Lamar Stringfield's third movement from his "Blue Ridge Suites," "Kidder Coal"(?) This completes the first half of the program from the Brooklyn Museum.
Guest commentator, David Light talks about February being a historical month focsuing on two great Americans. Today's concert is focused on those who labored in the worlrd of music, capture the spirit of America. America is rich is musical talent. From Harvard College is Walter Piston, Assistant Professor of Music. From Columbia University a suite by Daniel Gregory Mason.
American composers are gaining more recognition. Attitudes have changed when evaluating new music. Signs of an advancing musical culture. Each new period of music is a result of changing political, social and religious influences. What we consider the standards we use today is itself a phase in musical history. More direct and realistic. Our hearing has been attuned to a standard to which all subsequent music is compared. One sign of a healthy development is the conscious employment of folk song material. Mason’s 1933 work is taken from English folk songs. Modified suite in 3 movements. Heaps praise on Mason.
Announcer returns with some announcements about the Brooklyn Museum. Cuts off.
Music begins abruptly with the Black Belt Suite by William Grant Still performed by the NY Civic Orchestra conducted by John Barnet with Joseph Block, piano. The concert was presented in cooperation with the WPA Music Project. George Ward is the announcer.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 37925
Municipal archives id: LT3221