Episode #3399

A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Other Instruments

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.”  That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work.  Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece.  All these, and more.

PROGRAM #3399, a young person's guide to the orchestra - and other instruments (First aired on 11/20/2012)                                             





"Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos

Peter & the Wolf

"(Peter and the Wolf) Introduction", excerpt [2:00]

Out of print. Info at

Alexandre Desplat & Benjamin Britten

Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack)

Benjamin Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Introduction/Fugue, conducted by Leonard Bernstein [2:00]

Alexander Desplat:The Heroic Weather – Conditions of the Universe [16:39]

Available at

Mike Oldfield

Elements (compilation)

Tubular Bells, Part One [25:25]
Hornpipe [1:30]

Virgin 4-CD set, #39089, out of print. Just Tubular Bells is available at

Duo Sonare Plays Mike Oldfield

Tubular Bells

The Sailor's Hornpipe [3:38]

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Comments [2]

Donald Sepanek from Bayonne, NJ

Alexandre Desplat is becoming one of my favorite film composers.

Nov. 27 2012 08:45 PM
adam feder from NYC

very beautiful!
what movement did u play?

Nov. 21 2012 08:17 AM

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