Landscapes: Men and Mountains

music about mountains and men

Music of Alan Hovanness, Carl Ruggles, Bernard Hermann, and the Ives Brothers: that’s Charles Ives, and Burl Ives, right?

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us weighty, powerful, serious music by rugged, maverick, heavily bearded composers. The mountain is a handy metaphor – for the insignificance of man perhaps, for the attainment of spiritual wisdom, for the conquering of our fears; and a reminder that ours is a planet built on nature’s awesome strength. This is music about mountains.

some maverick music about mountains


Theme Music :

Jan Jeroen (J.J.) Spijkervet & Immersive Sound
“American Highways” Jingle
Sounds About Right
composed for Concertzender

Bernard Hermann
from North by Northwest
Hollywood Orch

Carl Ruggles (1876-1971)
Men and Mountains
Marching Mountains
Christoph Von Dohnányi: Cleveland Orchestra
Decca 443 776-2

Jerome Alexander
Message to Bears

Alan Hovhaness
Moutains and Rivers Without End
Richard Auldon Clark conducts the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Koch 3-7221-2H1

John Luther Adams
Among Red Mountains
Lisa Moore, pianist
Cantaloupe Music 21115

Trad; Arr Siegmeister
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Burl Ives
Disc 1 NOT Records 2CD0203

Charles Ives
From The Steeples & The Mountains
Michael Tilson Thomas: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
BMG 09026 63703 2

Sam Amidon
Blue Mountains
Sam Amidon
Nonesuch 543642-1

Closing Music:
David King
Super America
The Bad Plus
E1 Records: EOM-CD-2112

Written by Nathalie Handal. This poem was commissioned by the Academy of American Poets and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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