Discover how Spike Jones led the way for Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach, and how one of The Marx Brothers helped Allen Sherman on his way. Also appearances by Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and, of course, The Clown Prince of Classical Music Comedy, Victor Borge. On a Clear Morning with flutist Immanuel Davis It's music played on the instrument it was written for, silvery, scintillating, effortless playing by Immanuel Davis on an 1865 Louis Lot.
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Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) is acclaimed for his work as a conductor, composer and as one of the great communicators about music in the world today. In The MTT Files, MTT metaphorically pulls out some of his "files" - files full of ideas about music and art, and reminiscences of the legendary artists he has known throughout his career – to create eight very original and personal one-hour radio programs. The "house band" for The MTT Files is the San Francisco Symphony, with music throughout the episodes drawn from live recordings during the 12 years MTT has been Music Director of the Orchestra.