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Pavanne

(1938)

Morton Gould, composer

Pavanne was composed by Morton Gould in 1938. Writing about this work, Frederick Fennell said, "Morton Gould is an American treasure. I have always believed that it was his early work as a conductor (The Cresta-Blanca Carnival on WOR Radio) that convinced him that he could do it all. To stand in front of an orchestra that can play anything is a gift rarely given to a composer. The ideas which became his American Symphonette #2 were filtered through a great brain and a warm heart. Pavanne, the second movement, is a masterwork of restraint and contrast, a microcosm of the easy laid back style."

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