Sacred and Profane (1)

Ghosts and Poltergeists; Snakes, and Vipers mix in this episode of American Highways. Sacred and Profane; each makes the other more poignant. One does not exist without the other.

Pianist Guy Livingston brings us music that crosses mystical borders. George’s Crumb’s mythological and devout Makrokosmos is the centerpiece, along with music by Fats Waller, William Bolcom, and George Antheil.

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AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #05: Sacred and Profane

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Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101

Fats Waller.
1. Viper’s Drag (1930).
Dick Hyman.
Reference Recordings 1990

George Antheil.
2. Serpent mécanique (1922).
Guy Livingston, Philipe Keler, Stéphane Leach, pianists.
Wergo Records 67622

William Bolcom.
3. Garden of Eden: The Serpent’s Kiss (1994).
Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann.
Naxos 8.559244

William Bolcom
4. Three Rags: I. Poltergeist
5. Three Rags: II. Graceful Ghost
6. Three Rags: III. Incineratorag
Ying Quartet
Quartz CD

Agnus Dei from the score by George Crumb

Agnus Dei from the score by George Crumb

Crumb, George. Makrokosmos Volume 2 (1973).
7. Morning Music
8. Mystic Chord
9. Rain-Death Variations
10. Twin Suns
11. Ghost Nocturne
12. Gargoyles
13. Tora!Tora!Tora!
14. A Prophesy of Nostradamus
15. Cosmic Wind
16. Voices form “Corona Borealis”
17. Litany for the Galactic Bells
18. Agnus Dei
Robert Groslot, piano.
Vanguard 08 9103 71

Fats Waller.
19. Viper’s Drag (1930).
Bob Barnard and the Antti Sarpila Swing Band.

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