It’s Thursday, the day we hear stories that were recorded here in Rochester last summer by StoryCorps, the national oral history project. Today we hear from Anthony Venturo and his son Michael. Their visit to the mobile recording booth gave Anthony the chance to about what it was like to grow up during World War Two.
Thursday’s mystery piece, “I had a farm in Africa,” comes from Out of Africa, a film set in colonial Kenya. Meryl Streep plays a Danish baroness who falls into a doomed love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. The composer, John Barry, born in England in 1933, is
Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece. At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance.
Congratulations to Susan in Alfred and Bob listening in Rochester. They identified Wednesday’s mystery piece, a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century. He “ran the gamut of styles without losing his own,” writes cellist David Moore