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Beautiful Music NOW - Inspiration

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Composers often found inspiration from other musicians, including some much earlier composers. When Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) composed his YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA in 1945 he crafted a piece that passes around a melody between each section of the orchestra. Britten used a melody by a much earlier English composer, Henry Purcell (1659-1695) -- a RONDEAU from a play called ABDELAZER.

Today's Beautiful Music features a performance by Voices of Music of Purcell's original RONDEAU...

as well as Benjamin Britten's YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE played by an orchestra of "young persons" conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Suzanne Bona is the host and executive producer of Sunday Baroque, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show of Baroque and early music which she originated on WSHU in 1987.