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America the Beautiful

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
America the Beautiful is a collection of "typically American" songs performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Only a few selections are overtly patriotic "American Salute When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and the title track; the main focus of the program is on quintessentially American composers such as Aaron Copland "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Hoedown", George Gershwin "Strike Up the Band", John Phillip Sousa "The Stars and Stripes Forever", Irving Berlin "Alexander's Ragtime Band", Scott Joplin "The Entertainer", Charles Ives "Variations on 'America'", and Meredith Willson "Seventy-Six Trombones", as well as traditional songs like "Prayer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
America the Beautiful is a collection of "typically American" songs performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Only a few selections are overtly patriotic "American Salute When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and the title track; the main focus of the program is on quintessentially American composers such as Aaron Copland "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Hoedown", George Gershwin "Strike Up the Band", John Phillip Sousa "The Stars and Stripes Forever", Irving Berlin "Alexander's Ragtime Band", Scott Joplin "The Entertainer", Charles Ives "Variations on 'America'", and Meredith Willson "Seventy-Six Trombones", as well as traditional songs like "Prayer of Thanksgiving" and "When the Saints Go Marching In," plus the Woody Guthrie folk standard "This Land Is Your Land." While most of the material isn't exactly unfamiliar, that actually works in the disc's favor -- it comes off as a showcase of the range and depth of talent in American popular composition, and it's a fitting tribute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 028945439129
  • Catalog Number: 454391
  • Sales rank: 29,447

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3 - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:59)
  2. 2 American Salute, for orchestra - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:30)
  3. 3 America the Beautiful (original title "Materna") - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (3:10)
  4. 4 This Land Is Your Land - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (3:30)
  5. 5 Hoe-Down - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:28)
  6. 6 The Battle Hymn of the Republic ("Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," words by - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (5:02)
  7. 7 Prayer of Thanksgiving - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2:45)
  8. 8 The Entertainer, for piano - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:27)
  9. 9 Alexander's Ragtime Band, song - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:12)
  10. 10 Strike Up the Band, song (from Strike Up The Band; both versions) - Boston Pops Orchestra (2:47)
  11. 11 76 Trombones - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 When the Saints Go Marching In - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:28)
  13. 13 The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:32)
  14. 14 America, the Dream Goes On, for voice, chorus & orchestra - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (4:32)
  15. 15 Variations on "America", arrangement for orchestra or band (after Charl - Boston Pops Orchestra (8:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
Arthur Fiedler Conductor, Track Performer
James Ingram Track Performer, Soloist
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Tanglewood Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
John Oliver Choir Director
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Billy May Arranger
Alan Bergman Lyricist
Marilyn Bergman Lyricist
Alexander Courage Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Peter J. Wilhousky Arranger
R. Peter Munves Liner Notes, Concept
E. Kremser Arranger
Roger Motzkus Illustrations, Cover Illustration
Katherine Lee Bates Lyricist
Julia Ward Howe Lyricist
Gordon H. Jee Art Direction
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An EXCELLENT CD for a fireworks display!

    We needed a soundtrack for the 4th of July fireworks display. Most years, someone would put together some mishmash of stuff. I decided to get the real thing! Everybody loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bought it for background music on July 4th

    I had a patio party on the 4th of July. I played this recording as the guests arrived. It was great. It put all my guests in an anticipatory mood and got the party off to a great start and a wonderful evening.

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