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
John Reid was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has lived and worked all over the world. His son Thomas was born in Bangkok, and spent his early years in Bagladesh. Both men now live in New York State. When the StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth came to Rochester last summer, Thomas took the opportunity to ask his father some very personal questions.