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Indulge in a spot of musical tourism to New York City and in particular Manhattan, which has inspired great classical music since the early years of the 20th century.
Ives’ composition aimed to evoke ‘the sounds of nature and of happenings that men would hear…when sitting on a bench in Central Park on a hot summer night.' Layers of orchestral textures on top of each other suggest the music of the city drifting in and out of earshot, including popular tunes, ragtime piano and the ‘Washington Post’ march played by a street band.
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