The Land of Opportunity

Historical Photo: Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Park Service

America still radiates a splendor, even if the fascination was higher in the 20th Century than today.
American sounds have been used in the demanding light symphonic music very early.
American folk tunes were used by the Czech composer, violinist and music publisher Bohuslav Leopold (1888-1956) in his fantasy “Americana” in 1936. A potpourri that radiates strong vitality.

Voices of the Peoples
Orchestral Instrumentation: piano recuction, string quintet, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, drums.
Old songs from the New world
Fantasy on American Folk Tunes
12 min
Rental material: Musikverlag Zimmermann
There exists no full score, as the piano reduction is sufficient for directing.

Traditional is the Concert Polka “Memories of America” ​​for piccolo flute and orchestra by flutist Adolf Burose (1858-1921) from 1893.

Memories of America
Concert Polka for piccolo flute and orchestra
Orchestra: 1 oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, percussion, harp and strings
Rental material: Musikverlag Zimmermann

Substantial entertaining is Lukas Foss’ (1922-2009) comic opera “The Hero of Calaveras” (American original: The Jumping Frog) from 1950. Foss created his opera based on a fable by Mark Twain and used modern and traditional elements of American folk music. Hans Stüwe wrote this German version, which was premiered in Cologne in 1956.

The Hero of Calaveras
60.00 min
Comic opera in two acts based on a fable by Mark Twain
Text by Jean Karsavina
German translation: Hans Stüwe (1956)
Soloists: 1 mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, 2 bassists
Orch: 1 Fl. (Picc.), 1 Ob., 2 Clar., 1 Bass., 1 Hr., 2 Trp, 1 Tromb., 1 Tb, Pf.,
Perc., Str (performable with piano only), mixed choir ad lib.
Rental material:
Sole agency for Europe Robert Lienau Musikverlag (Germany version only)
Original Publisher Carl Fischer, Inc., New York

The Land of Opportunity