Image via WikipediaAfter immersing myself several years ago in American classical music of the 1920s, I ended up like the later Americana phase of Aaron Copland more than I would have ever thought. Something about how modernism was later put to use for social purposes, albeit in a constrained manner. Although I suppose cynics would say that Copland himself was a cynic or at best an opportunist.
On the other hand, I just don't like the modernism of Igor Stravinsky. I've listened to a fair amount of his music and I can't find anything I really want to hear again. Just to clarify my modernist credentials, that's less true for me with Schoenberg and certainly not true with Webern.
So one pertinent sentence from Out West Arts on an LA Philharmonic concert caught my attention:
Since I haven't heard this in years, I quickly found a Stravinsky-conducted version on lala:
And my take? Tepid Americana.
So it's back to Copland's El Salón México for me, via a Lalo Schifrin jazz arrangement. In particular, I like the ride cymbal although others may find the whole thing tepid: