President Roosevelt – the decision to seek a third term didn’t come easy.
Click on the link here for audio player: FDR Democratic Convention – 1940
After much consideration and speculation, President Roosevelt decided to run for a third term in 1940. Addressing the convention via radio from the White House, Roosevelt outlined his goals for a third term and spoke of a renewed effort to keep America moving.
President Roosevelt: “ We have sometimes called it Social Legislation. We have sometimes called it legislation to end abuses of the past. We have sometimes called it legislation for human security. And we have sometimes called it legislation to better our fellow citizens who would not have the essentials of life, or hope for an American standard of living. Some of us have labeled it a wider and more equitable distribution of wealth in our land. It has included among its aims to liberalize and broaden the control of vast industries, lodged today in the hands of a relatively small group of individuals of very great financial power. But all of these definitions and labels are essentially the expression of one consistent thought; they represent a constantly growing sense of human decency. Human decency throughout our nation.”
And seventy-two years later, the words still ring true.
Here is that address, from July 17, 1940.
Sir Thomas Beecham – A sort of Musical Graham Norton.
Click on the link: BBC – Sir Thomas Beecham – 1947
To the heavy, cumbersome, oversized BBC Transcriptions this week for a concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by the legendary and amiable Sir Thomas Beecham in an all-Mozart program, recorded on April 28, 1947.
Starting off with the Overture to The Magic Flute and then to the Divertimento Number 2 and the Piano concerto Number 19 featuring Betty Humby Beecham, piano and ending with the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.
All peppered with witty asides, insights and observations by Sir Thomas himself. So even if you aren’t a particularly big fan of Mozart, or old recordings, just knowing the Marriage of Figaro Overture was known as “The Egg Boiler” is worth the price of admission alone.
The rest is historic icing on the cake.
Americana – an endless resource for 20th Century composers.
Click on the Link: Douglas Moore – Farm Journal
Since we’re rolling into the Fourth of July shortly, I thought I’d toss on some mid-century Americana tonight, by way of the State Department Transcription Service.
Douglas Moore, who is probably best known for “The Devil and Daniel Webster” is one of those quintessentially American composers whose subject matter and inspiration came largely from American mythology and iconic American imagery.
This weekend it’s a performance (possibly a first performance) of his Farm Journal, as performed on this broadcast recording by the CBS Symphony conducted by Alredo Antonini. Since there is no actual date of performance on the discs, I am venturing to guess it’s 1945 and the recording may have come from the Invitation To Music series on CBS Radio.
In any event, it’s a rare recording of an equally rare performance and work.
Enjoy the coming holiday.