The Pittsburgh Symphony paired Copeland's concerto with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1, an appropriate choice with its equally flamboyant display of orchestral energy. This Copeland-themed playlist celebrates how his compositional style captures that energetic flair. Featured on the playlist are Copeland's Grace Eleanor, Our Mother Is Alive and Stalin's Sultry Serenade for large ensemble, and The Gene Pool for drum set and four percussionists.
"That's the great thing about music. If you played it, it's correct. The worst musical train wreck hurts absolutely no one. It's all part of the show. In fact it's how we get to the great stuff. There is no penalty for skating on the edge or throwing ourselves off the cliff. So we do."
— From Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies, by Stewart Copeland
Note — Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 is available for rental in the US, Canada and Mexico only.
—This playlist was contributed by Liam Alves