The Interlochen Collection: Music from Beyond

Many composers have depicted the afterlife in their music.

Sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s grotesque, sometimes it’s sacred and sometimes, in the case of composer William Bolcom, it’s “benign”.

Hear a variety of musical compositions by composers about the afterlife, performed by more than eight decades of Interlochen students and alumni.

Music heard in this episode

Camille Saint-Saëns, Dance of Death
Byron Hanson conducting the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, October 31, 1992
Soloist Jonathan Godfrey

Franz Liszt, Totentanz (excerpt)
Joe Maddy conducting the National High School Orchestra, 1937
Soloist Storm Bull

Hector Berlioz, Fantastic Symphony (excerpt)
Michael Francis conducting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2018

Richard Strauss, Death and Transfiguration
Joe Maddy conducting the International Youth Orchestra, 1964

William Bolcom, Three Ghost Rags
Harlem Quartet in concert at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, 2018

The archival recordings heard in this program are made available in part through the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Classical Music Preservation Grant, the generous support of our listeners, and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation .

Thanks to Michael Culler for audio engineering assistance.

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