88.7KXMS Continues Musical Survey of 1937

October 23, 2012

Jeff Skibbe

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - 88.7KXMS will continue its celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Missouri Southern State University with a continuation of its musical survey of the year 1937.

Jeff Skibbe  is your host at 5 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 26 for this third in the on-going survey of music of that Depression-era year.

In 1937, radio was the electronic medium that kept students of Joplin Junior College in touch with the world.  That year, British radio producer Douglas Geoffrey Bridson (1910-1980), dubbed "cultural boss of the BBC," produced a radio adaptation of "King Arthur." 

The production featured incidental music composed by Benjamin Britten. Friday's 1937 music survey opens with a transcription of some of that incidental music, performed by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Wind Orchestra.

Also in 1937, George Balanchine choreographed a ballet in "three deals" called "Jeu de cartes" [The Card Party or Card Game] with Igor Stravinsky supplying the music. The premiere of "Jeu de cartes" took place on April 27, 1937 with the American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House.  In our survey Friday, Robert Craft leads the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The closing wind music, "The Brisk Young Sailor," is the fourth movement from "Lincolnshire Posy," written by Percy Grainger for the American Bandmasters Association in 1937. 

It is a simple, short, jaunty tune meant to evoke the image of a strapping young lad striding up the road to meet his sweetheart.

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