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Fred Plotkin’s Playlist for a Musical Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 09:50 AM

Fred Plotkin's Playlist

•Perfect music for stirring, especially turkey gravy:

Mozart Rondo alla Turca, the 3rd movement of piano sonata #11 K. 331 [Amazon]

•Music that evokes gratitude (even if you don’t understand German):

Zueignung (Dedication): music by Richard Strauss; poem by Hermann von Gilm zu Rosenegg [Amazon]

•Music to Play During the Meal (at least for one course):

Native American flute music such as performances by Timothy Archambault and Joseph Firecrow [Youtube]

•Music that evokes the true spirit of this holiday (to play as the main course comes to the table):

Simple Gifts: words by Elder Joseph, Music by Joseph Brackett (1848) [I like the version sung by Marilyn Horne] [Amazon]

•To Play as Dessert is Being Served (mindful that times are very hard for millions of Americans, but that at the root of our national character is optimism and resiliency):

Let's Have Aanother Cup of Coffee: Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians - 1932 [Amazon]

•Post-Meal Viewing Instead of the Usual Football Game:

I Puritani (by Vincenzo Bellini). DVD of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera performances conducted by Patrick Summers and starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, and John Relyea. [DG 073 4421].  --Unlike every other bel canto opera with a mad scene, this one ends HAPPILY as the heroine regains her senses. [Amazon]


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