(March 25, 2017): Aaron Copland – Prairie Journal

From the 1994 album, Copland: Music for Films.  One of many Leonard Slatkin’s “American series” releases on BMG/RCA while still Music Director of SLSO. As Steve Schwarz writes:

Prairie Journal” has a curious history. Copland originally titled the work “Radio Serenade.” CBS, who commissioned it, decided to use the piece as part of a promotion. It invited listeners to send in their suggestions for a new title, to be picked by the composer. In the meantime, it called the work “Music for Radio” (the title under which you normally find it) until the contest winner was announced. Copland found no title completely satisfactory but chose Saga of the Prairie as a subtitle. Now the piece was known as “Music for Radio: Saga of the Prairie.” In 1968, when radio no longer commanded the attention it had in the 30s, Copland renamed the piece “Prairie Journal.”

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