This Wednesday is Veterans Day, a day we collectively celebrate those who have or are still serving their country.
Nov. 11 is called Veterans Day in America, but it is observed in many other countries and is often called Remembrance Day. Its original name was Armistice Day, and it marked the end of World War I, which concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day; on Wednesday, Nov. 11, we'll commemorate service for those who have gone as well as for those still with us so the music for Veterans Day can be solemn but also uplifting. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll look at Nov. 11 music from America and from other nations that mark this holiday.
Gordon Langford, London Miniatures: Cenotaph
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Stephen Paulus, "To be Certain of the Dawn:" Hymn to the Eternal Flame
Matthew Culloton, The Singers
Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Menuet
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Eric Bogle, And the Band played Waltzing Matilda
Steven Swanson, baritone; David Gompper, piano
Richard Strauss, Metamorphosen
Edo de Waart, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Charles Fernandez, Soldier's Farewell
Charles Fernandez, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra