Beauty and the Beast - Overture Alan Menken Download 'Beauty and the Beast - Overture' on iTunes
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Classical music inspired by the Jazz Age
It could be that Shostakovich, composing in the depths of the disconnected USSR, hadn't really heard much New Orleans jazz, as he was limited by the Communists and writing for the government. This saccharine sweet music makes a great listen - if you're not expecting a relaxed swing beat or an effortless piano improvisation, that is.