Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lillian Alling's Playlist: Music of the 1920's

In our world premiere opera Lillian Alling, our protagonist lands in NYC in the 1920's, the golden age of Jazz and the early years of what would come to be known as the "Roaring Twenties".

In the opera, we hear snatches of jazz-infused music throughout the New York City scenes, and at one point Lillian is serenaded by a group of boys singing some sidewalk popular music.

So what music might Lillian have been hearing as she roamed the streets of New York in search of her American contacts?

Her playlist is one to envy: George Gershwin; Louis Armstrong; Irving Berlin; Duke Ellington; Jelly Roll Morton; and Cole Porter were all active in this period.

To hear some of this fantastic music, visit us on Blip.fm, our online radio station, where we've loaded up some wonderful tracks for you to stream.

But first, take a listen to the very first piece of Lillian Alling that we ever recorded: Sweet Polly from Poughkeepsie

And this is just a bunch of guys from the cast, sitting around our piano for a flash recording. Can't wait to hear the final version for the show! Hope you enjoyed the sneak listen!