Music For The Fourth: El Salón México, Old Dangerfield

One of the most recognizable American composers putting his mark on one of the Americas’ most recognizable cultures here.

A summary from the wiki:

The work contains three musical styles and goes through the series of three twice, starting each time with the upper-class music, passing through a more vigorous working-class music, and ending with the foot-stomping dance of the peasantry. Divisions between the sections are clear, as if one had walked through a doorway. The upper-class music suggests formal European dancing of the nineteenth century, unlyrical and even unmasculine. The peasant music is far richer rhythmically and more powerful, with a suggestion of the pre-Hispanic (Indian) in it. The work’s conclusion celebrates this kind of music, not that of the well-to-do. Musically, the work displays beautifully Copland’s populism.

A most not-ordinary ensemble on the fiddle tune “Old Dangerfield” here. Happy Fourth, readers.

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