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Celebrating America’s Birthday

July 3, 2013

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, Independence Day, an occasion on which we celebrate the birth of our our nation and the freedom that came along with it. Odds are you’ll be at a backyard barbeque by day and watching fireworks by night. Whatever you do, you’ll want to play some patriotic tunes. Here are our suggestions.

“Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland (1942)
Fun Fact: This piece was inspired in part by a famous speech made by Vice President Henry A. Wallace in which he proclaimed the dawning of the “Century of the Common Man”.
“Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin (1924)
Fun Fact: When it was first premiered, this work was first considered to fall into the category of jazz because the term “jazz” was used to describe contemporary music. Today the proper classification of this piece is still subject to debate.
“Candide Overture” by Leonard Bernstein (1956)
Fun Fact: This piece quickly became so popular that it was performed by nearly 100 other orchestras within 2 years of its premiere.
“Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa (1897)
Fun Fact: Here are the lyrics that John Phillip Sousa wrote for the music.
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