Song of the Day – “Hoedown” – Emerson, Lake & Palmer

As I said a few days ago, few keyboard players could do such rapid-fire improvisations around a “classical” piece as Keith Emerson. But few rhythm sections could keep pace with him like Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. Listen to the syncopation!

I put classical in quotes because American composer Aaron Copland was often considered a “classical” composer, but I wouldn’t classify him that way. Copland lived from 1900-1990, and his major compositions, like “Rodeo” from which “Hoedown” is taken, were written in the thirties and forties. Copland himself wouldn’t have said his music was classical; he called it “vernacular”, or “populist”.

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