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America the Beautiful
     

America the Beautiful

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by John Williams [composer]
 

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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 See more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/1996
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028945439129
catalogNumber:
454391
Rank:
10621

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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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America the Beautiful 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RubyTuba More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago