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Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

Jul 24, 2013

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Kevin Puts: Symphony No. 4. Michael Daughtery's Radio City. Composer Michael Daugherty's latest album includes a tribute to weekly broadcasts during the 1940s and '50s by Arturo Toscanini and his NBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Throughout the summer we're searching for the "Great American Symphony." It's not exactly a popularity contest. Instead, we're pondering American symphonic music from both the past and the present. Some composers like the young Kevin Puts and the veteran Martin Boykan, are labeling their pieces as symphonies. Others, like Michael Daugherty, can prefer more playful titles.

Either way, hear excerpts from three albums of recent, symphonic-sized works that we're excited about - - including an advance preview of the Kevin Puts album, which is being released on Sept. 10.

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