Jay begins with some festive music: specifically, the “Festive Overture” of Shostakovich. He has a showtune: “Some Other Time.” He has an Aretha Franklin hit, about zoomin’. He has a spiritual: “Ain’t Got Time to Die.” Some French organ music. And more. He ends with Karel Ančerl, the great Czech conductor who endured horror and produced much beauty and brilliance.

Tracks played:

Shostakovich, “Festive Overture

Bernstein and Comden & Green, “Some Other Time,” from On the Town

Aretha Franklin et al., “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Trad., “Ain’t Got Time to Die

Guilmant, March on a Theme by Handel

Tchaikovsky, “Garland Waltz” from “Sleeping Beauty”

Mahler, Symphony No. 9, final movement

This is a podcast of The New Criterion.

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