AUDIO FLASHBACK: Eugene Goossens’ Jubilee Variations

As we head in to Veterans’ Day in the United States, we offer a unique composition with a distinctly American sound written by eleven American composers. In celebration of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary in 1945, conductor and composer Eugene Goossens wrote a theme and finale, and invited ten other composers—including Aaron Copland, William Schuman, Walter Piston, and Roy Harris—to write variations. TŌN gave the NY premiere of this rarely-performed work at the Fisher Center at Bard two years ago this week under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. You can read brief concert notes by clicking here.

Theme: Goossens 0:00
Variation 1: Paul Creston 00:42
Variation 2: Aaron Copland 1:49
Variation 3: Deems Taylor 3:11
Variation 4: Howard Hanson 5:42
Variation 5: William Schuman 7:41
Variation 6: Walter Piston 9:37
Variation 7: Roy Harris 11:20
Variation 8: Anis Fuleihan 14:00
Variation 9: Bernard Rogers 16:03
Variation 10: Ernest Bloch 18:16
Finale: Goossens 20:22