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Throughout the ages, composers have celebrated the accomplishments of famous heroes through music. What does a hero “sound” like? Get ready to find out! This multi-part audio series is part of the NSO’s Young People’s Concert: Summon the Heroes at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Listen to rousing marches by composers Aaron Copland and John Williams, and hear heroes caringly remembered in moving tributes by George Walker, Edward Elgar, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Richard Strauss.

Latest Episodes

In Depth: A Lincoln Portrait

In this bonus episode, learn how a composer chooses specific tools to combine an American hero’s actual words with music. Aaron Copland composed a musical tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. Why does Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait sound more stately and dignified than John Williams’ music for Superman?

3 MIN2012 OCT 22
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In Depth: A Lincoln Portrait

Matching Game

This episode recaps what you learned from this series. You’ll re-listen to excerpts from Williams, Copland, Beethoven, and Elgar and match the work with each composer’s “hero.”

4 MIN2012 OCT 12
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Matching Game

Playing the Heartstrings

In this episode, you are introduced to the orchestra’s string section and the ability to use major and minor keys through the work of composer George Theophilus Walker.

3 MIN2012 OCT 11
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Playing the Heartstrings

Sound the Trumpets

Composers are sometimes inspired by other composers, making it possible to hear similarities between musical works. In this episode, you will also hear distinct differences between pieces as you are introduced to American composer John Williams’ Summon the Heroes.

4 MIN2012 OCT 9
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Sound the Trumpets

Strike Up the Band

In this episode, learn about the four sections of the orchestra; why a composer chooses specific instruments; and about German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and American composer Aaron Copland. Why did Beethoven choose the strings section to express the humanity in Symphony No. 7? What drew Copland to choose the brass and percussion sections for his Fanfare for the Common Man?

6 MIN2012 OCT 5
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Strike Up the Band

Sounds Like a Hero

Everyday heroes come from the real world. A hero can be an ordinary person who does something great and who is admired for brave deeds or remarkable ability. Sometimes, a nation comes together to honor its heroes. Other times, you choose a personal hero all for yourself. While you listen, think about different types of heroes including those from pop culture, history, myths, everyday experience, and your personal life. In this episode, hear how heroes are celebrated with music, whether by a triumphant march or a thoughtful theme. Discover the basic musical tools used by composers, like John Williams and his use of pitch and rhythm.

12 MIN2012 SEP 28
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Sounds Like a Hero
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Latest Episodes

In Depth: A Lincoln Portrait

In this bonus episode, learn how a composer chooses specific tools to combine an American hero’s actual words with music. Aaron Copland composed a musical tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. Why does Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait sound more stately and dignified than John Williams’ music for Superman?

3 MIN2012 OCT 22
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In Depth: A Lincoln Portrait

Matching Game

This episode recaps what you learned from this series. You’ll re-listen to excerpts from Williams, Copland, Beethoven, and Elgar and match the work with each composer’s “hero.”

4 MIN2012 OCT 12
Comments
Matching Game

Playing the Heartstrings

In this episode, you are introduced to the orchestra’s string section and the ability to use major and minor keys through the work of composer George Theophilus Walker.

3 MIN2012 OCT 11
Comments
Playing the Heartstrings

Sound the Trumpets

Composers are sometimes inspired by other composers, making it possible to hear similarities between musical works. In this episode, you will also hear distinct differences between pieces as you are introduced to American composer John Williams’ Summon the Heroes.

4 MIN2012 OCT 9
Comments
Sound the Trumpets

Strike Up the Band

In this episode, learn about the four sections of the orchestra; why a composer chooses specific instruments; and about German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and American composer Aaron Copland. Why did Beethoven choose the strings section to express the humanity in Symphony No. 7? What drew Copland to choose the brass and percussion sections for his Fanfare for the Common Man?

6 MIN2012 OCT 5
Comments
Strike Up the Band

Sounds Like a Hero

Everyday heroes come from the real world. A hero can be an ordinary person who does something great and who is admired for brave deeds or remarkable ability. Sometimes, a nation comes together to honor its heroes. Other times, you choose a personal hero all for yourself. While you listen, think about different types of heroes including those from pop culture, history, myths, everyday experience, and your personal life. In this episode, hear how heroes are celebrated with music, whether by a triumphant march or a thoughtful theme. Discover the basic musical tools used by composers, like John Williams and his use of pitch and rhythm.

12 MIN2012 SEP 28
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Sounds Like a Hero
the END