21 Jun 2018

COPLAND: Quiet City

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 21 June 2018
  • Listen duration 10:40
Aaron Copland in 1962

Aaron Copland in 1962 Photo: CBS Television Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Performed by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, at its Premier Series concert in Auckland Town Hall, 21 June 2018.

Trumpet solo: Huw Dann; Cor Anglais solo: Martin Lee.

Quiet City began life in 1939 as incidental music for a now-forgotten stage play. A year later, Copland re-worked the piece into this orchestral version, for trumpet, cor anglais, and strings.

In the play, the main character is a lonely trumpeter who wanders the city at night, imagining the thoughts of the people around him.

For RNZ Concert:
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay