American music is something of a giant melting pot, an exhilarating blend of wide open spaces, dance rhythms, traditional hymn tunes, and jazz, with composers so often taking something of what was happening across the pond in Europe and carving out an identity of their own. Aaron Copland is for some listeners the father of American music, his ballet Appalchian Spring conjuring up a sound world to which so many other composers aspired, yet his admiration for the poet Emily Dickinson brings out a more intimate side to his writing, performed tonight by the acclaimed mezzo Sarah Connolly. Adding their voices to the American map tonight are the visionaries Eliot Carter and Ruth Crawford Seeger and surrogate New Yorker, Richard Rodney Bennett.
In Conversation – Cambridge (6.30pm) and Norwich (6.15pm)
Sarah Connolly discusses tonight’s programme.