Created in three parts--Andante e lirico; Buffo; and Misterioso--the Symphony was debuted on by Fassett on one of his regular Sunday afternoon programs on CBS radio. Backing Symphony of the Birds is another Fassett creation, A Revelation in Birdsong Patterns, in which Fassett and Goldberg took field recordings of various songbirds and slowed them down to show the intricate musical motifs hidden to the human ear at the pitch and speed of the actual calls. Fassett spent most of his working life in radio. He joined station WBZ in Boston in the late 1920s. A great lover of classical music, he also served as music critic for The Boston Herald. In 1936, he moved to New York City, where he served as assistant musical director for the CBS radio network.
Soon after joining CBS, he began hosting the intermission show during the weekly broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a job he held for many years. In 1942, he was promoted to lead musical director for CBS Radio, a position he held until his retirement in 1963. He continued to write musical criticism and other articles, and in 1969, he published a travel book, Italian Odyssey. Read more on Last.fm.
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|Second Movement (Buffo)|
|Third Movement (Misterioso)|
|Yellow Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Song Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow|