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Saturday, January 29, 2005

There's music for mass transit on this edition of New Sounds. "Train music" is a long thread in classical music, dating back to Honneger's 1924 work, "Pacific 231." Contemporary composers have also found inspiration in trains and train stations, including Michael Nyman, Elzbieta Sikora, John Mackey, and David Maslanka. As we hear, many of these composers strive to convey trains' movement in onomatopoeic terms — the hissing of steam, the grinding of bearings, and the skidding of wheels. Hop on board and listen to the results.

PROGRAM #2142, Music Inspired By Trains (First aired on Thursday, 4/3/03)

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Duke Ellington

Essential Masters of Jazz: Duke Ellington

Daybreak Express, excerpt [1:30]

Proper Box
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Elzbieta Sikora

Lisboa, Tramway 28

Lisboa, tramway 28, excerpt [6:30]

INA #275842.
www.electrocd.com

David Maslanka

Wind Quintets

Quintet #1, Movement Two [4:30]

Cambria #1079
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Michael Nyman

The Piano Concerto / MGV

Musique a Grande Vitesse [26:00]

Argo #443382
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

John Mackey

Music for Dance

Rush Hour [7:00]

Private CD
www.ostimusic.com

Mecca Bodega

Subway Stories

Subway Stories, excerpt [2:00]

Hybrid #20005
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

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

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