AARON COPLAND (1900-1990): Billy the Kid (Complete Ballet), Grohg.
Catalogue Number: 04U042
Description: Grohg (1925) is the most ambitious example of Copland’s Parisian years and one of the least-recorded, a precociously brilliant one-act ballet scored for full orchestra, inspired by the silent expressionist film Nosferatu. The first example of Copland’s new ‘Americanized’ music of the 1930s was Billy the Kid (1938), based on the life of the 19th-century outlaw and heard here in its full version. This was the first fully fledged American ballet in style and content: brassy, syncopated, filmic and richly folk-flavored. Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin.