14. November 2011 · Comments Off on This I Did Not Know · Categories: Read Online

The orchestral version of Quiet City is fairly well known, but there’s more to this story. Another version has recently come to light.

Quiet City was music that Aaron Copland wrote for playwright Irwin Shaw. Shaw’s play of the same name was a flop that never made it out of previews — and Copland’s original score for trumpet, saxophone, clarinets and piano was never published. But composer and saxophonist Christopher Brellochs recently unearthed the manuscript and recorded the world premiere of Quiet City in its original form.

I read it here … and I’m all for it. Truth be told, I’ve never really liked the work all that much for English horn. Call my stupid if you like, but there you go!

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