Episode #2301

Program #2301

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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Hear another of the “Theme and Variations” programs on this New Sounds, where the theme this time is “Hard Times Come Again No More.” It’s simple – take a single piece of music and explore what a number of musicians have done with it, through arrangements, deconstructions, and revisions of the original theme. Stephen Foster’s touching, optimistic melody is arranged and varied by Mark O'Connor/Yo Yo Ma/Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, El McMeen, and much more.

PROGRAM #2301 Theme & Variations: Hard Times Come Again No More (Tues. 6-29-04)





Bill Frisell

w/Dave Holland-Elvin Jones

Hard Times [2:00]

Nonesuch #79624***

YoYo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor

Appalachian Journey

Hard Times Come Again No More [3:30]

Sony Classical #66782**

Bill Frisell & Greg Leisz

New Sounds Live/NY Guitar Festival Marathon, 92nd Street Y, 1/20/02

Hard Times/That Was Then medley [11:00]

Not commercially available.

Nora York

New Sounds Live/Merkin Hall, 4/11/02

Hard Times Come Again No More [4:00]

Not commercially available. Info at

Jody Diamond

Private recording

Hard Times [11:30]

An mp3 recording might be available from the American Gamelan Institute, go to "Gongcast"

Artie Traum & Cindy Cashdollar

New Sounds Live/NY Guitar Festival at the 92nd Street Y, 10/3/02

Hard Times Come Again No More [2:30]

Not commercially available.

Darol Anger, Willie Nelson, et al

Heritage - New Interpretations of American Roots Music

Hard Times Come Again No More [4:00]

Six Degrees #7569***

El McMeen


Hard Times [3:30]

Piney Ridge #107*

*, ** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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