Tone Poem Tuesday

Like Edward MacDowell, Frederick Shepherd Converse was an American composer who came on the scene perhaps too early to really take note of the rise of jazz, the first really true American musical idiom. As such, his music is fundamentally European in its language, even if he was inspired by American subjects (moreso than MacDowell, anyway). A good example is this symphonic poem, called Flivver Ten Million, which he composed in honor of the ten millionth automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company.

Incidentally, the orchestra here is none other than the Buffalo Philharmonic. Yay for local musicians!

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