+ THE WAR tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.
+Music is an integral element in the success of the award-winning documentary films produced and directed by Ken Burns, and three of his most recent projects have been accompanied by soundtrack albums released by Legacy Recordings: JAZZ (2001, certified multi-platinum), Mark Twain (2001), and Horatio’s Drive (2003).
+ Every musical track has been selected to underscore events or themes in the film. There is an eclectic mix of vintage era jazz (Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Nat ‘King’ Cole), popular singers (Kay Starr, Bing Crosby with guitarist Les Paul), classical works by composers Aaron Copland, Sir William Walton, and modernist Arvo Pärt, and evocative performances by Edgar Meyer (and friends) and Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble.
* Listen to The War podcasts by visiting this link.
* Listen to THE WAR Audio Streams:
“American Anthem” by Norah Jones,
“Two Pieces For Strings: Passacaglia: The Death Of Falstaff” [Edited Performance] by Leonard Slatkin & The London Philharmonic Orchestra
“The Wang Wang Blues” by Benny Goodman Sextet
“Movin' Back” by Wynton Marsalis
“How Long Blues” by Count Basie
“In the Nick of Time” [Instrumental] by Edger Meye, Joshua Bell, Sam Bush, & Mike Marshall
“It's Been A Long, Long Time” by Bing Crosby, with Les Paul
“America My Home” by Wynton Marsalis
“If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)” by Kay Starr, accompanied by the Capitol International Jazzmen
“Blue As The Turquoise Night of Neyshabur” [Edited Version] by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
“Until I'm In Your Arms Again” by Wynton Marsalis
“Variations For The Healing Of Arinushka” by Kalle Randalu
“Basie Boogie” by Count Basie & His Orchestra
“Solitude” [78rpm Version] Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
“Concerto For Clarinet & String Orchestra” by Benny Goodman, Aaron Copland, & Columbia Symphony Orchestra
“If You Can't Smile And Say Yes” by The King Cole Trio
“American Anthem” by Amanda Forsynth & Bill Charlap
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