Program #1956

On this edition of New Sounds, there’s music inspired by American fiddling traditions. Most of the works have an “Americana” sort of feel to them, including Mark O’Connor’s folk fiddling with classical orchestra on his "Strings & Threads Suite". Then there's the tune “Ashokan Farewell”, played by Jay Unger & Molly Mason (pictured). The work, for fiddle and guitar, was the musical centerpiece of Ken Burns’ documentary “The Civil War”. Plus, hear a piece by Dave Soldier, “East St. Louis, 1968,” featuring funky samples along with a viola solo by Richard Auldon Clark.

PROGRAM # 1956, Music inspired by American fiddling traditions (First aired on 10/4/01)





Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

The Catskill Collection

Ashokan Farewell [4:30]

Fiddle & Dance Records #103. 1-800-292-0905 or

Tom Ohmsen


She Who Loves Silence [4:30]

Flat Five Press #1126. 1-540-389-9427, or or

Michael Galasso

In The Mood Fof Love, original soundtrack

Blue [5:30]

Omtown/Higher Octave #50542.

Hollis Taylor

Unsquare Dances

Basque 3-Step, 2-Step [3:00]

Twisted Fiddle Music #50005.

Robert Een

Fertile Fields

Potato Dig [4:00]

Buzz Box Music #1114.

Turtle Island String Quartet

Spider Dreams

Texas Tarantella [5:00]

Windham Hill Jazz #10141** or available at*

Mark O'Connor

The American Seasons

Strings & Threads Suite [12:00]

Sony Classical #89660** or avaialble at*

Dave Soldier

Ice-9 Ballads

East Saint Louis 1968 [9:00]

Mulatta Records #005.

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