CBS Symphony Orchestra

Bob Kosovsky
1997 rev. 2017


September 2, 1948 – October 9, 1949

“After one year leave of absence” — 1948

As of May 8, 1949, this was a regular weekly program simply titled “CBS Symphony Orchestra”. A note on the September 2 manuscript indicates that Herrmann resumed his activities after a one year leave of absence (during which he was composing his opera “Wuthering Heights”).

The list is assembled from program notes found in the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which also holds recordings of many of these broadcasts.


Sept. 2 Corelli, Arcangelo Adagio
Borodin, Alexander Prince Igor: March and Dances
Liszt, Franz A Faust Symphony with concert ending


May 8 Corelli, Arcangelo Adagio
Handel, George Frideric Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Act 3, Sinfonia)
Schubert, Franz Symphony, B Minor, “Unfinished”
Sibelius, Jean En Saga
Elgar, Edward Enigma Variations

May 22 Corelli, Arcangelo Adagio
Handel, George Frideric Concerto Grosso, No. 6, G minor
Faure, Gabriel Suite from Pelleas and Melisande
Brahms, Johannes Serenade no. 1, D Major, op. 11

May 29 Corelli, Arcangelo Adagio
Herrmann, Bernard “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman (Music from Whitman Suite) Norman Corwin, reader
Bach, Johann Sebastian
(arranged by Edward Elgar)
Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
Bach, Johann Sebastian
(arranged by John Barbirolli)
Sheep May Safely Graze
Bach, Johann Sebastian
(arranged by Bernard Herrmann)
Jesus Christus, Unser Heiland
Herrmann, Bernard For the Fallen
Dvorak, Antonin Symphony no. 9, E minor, “From the New World”

June 5 Corelli, Arcangelo Adagio
Respighi, Ottorino The Birds
Schoenberg, Arnold Kammersymphonie, no. 2
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Symphony no. 41, C major, K. 551

June 12 Corelli, Arcangelo Adagio
Handel, George Frideric Overture to Acis and Galatea
Goetz, Hermann Symphony in F
Khachaturian, Aram Concerto, violin and orchestra Louis Kaufman, violin

June 19 Galuppi, Baldassare Adagio
Weber, Carl Maria von Der Freischütz: overture
Weber, Carl Maria von Der Freischütz: Leise, leise fromme Weise
Roger-Ducasse The Garden of Marguerite
Korngold, Erich Wolfgang Die Tote Stadt: Mariettas Lied Eileen Farrell, soprano
Barber, Samuel Knoxville, Summer of 1915 Eileen Farrell, soprano
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolay Le Coq d’Or: Suite

June 26 Galuppi, Baldassare Adagio
Beethoven, Ludwig van Incidental music to Egmont
1. Overture
2. Die Trommel geruhret
3. Freudvoll und leidvoll


4. Death of Clarchen












Eileen Farrell, soprano
Liszt, Franz A Faust Symphony

July 3 Galuppi, Baldassare Adagio
Herbert, Victor Suite from Natoma
1.Prelude to Act 3
3.Indian Evocation


4.Dagger Dance












Rodgers, Richard
(arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett)
Suite from Oklahoma
Moross, Jerome First Symphony soloist in 2nd mvt: Sidney Raphael, piano
Herrmann, Bernard Welles Raises Kane

July 17 Galuppi, Baldassare Adagio
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich Excerpts from Eugen Onegin:
1.Prelude to Act 1
2.Letter Scene


3.Prelude ot Act 2 and Waltz












Maria Kurenko, soprano (on 2)
Sibelius, Jean Symphony no. 2, D major

July 24 Galuppi, Baldassare Adagio
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Incidental music from Ein Sommernachtstraum


5.Wedding March












Raff, Joachim Leonore Symphony

July 31 Galuppi, Baldassare Adagio
Gluck, Christoph Willibald Armide: Overture and Ballet suite
Poulenc, Francis Concerto for two pianos and orchestra Whittemore and Lowe, pianists
Schubert, Franz Symphony no. 3, D major

August 7 Corelli, Arcangelo Theme: Adagio
Scarlatti, Alessandro Concerto grosso in F
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Symphony no. 34, C major, K. 338
Strauss, Richard Suite, “Le bourgeois gentilhomme”
1. Overture
2. Minuet
3. Fencingmaster
4. Dance of the Tailors
5. Lully’s minuet
6. Courante
7. Scene


8. Dinner Music












August 14 Corelli, Arcangelo Theme: Adagio
Bax, Arnold Tintagel
Bizet, Georges Carmen Suites 1 and 2
Berezowsky, Nicolai Symphony no. 4

August 28 Handel, George Frideric
(arranged by Thomas Beecham)
The Faithful Shepherd
Haydn, Joseph Symphony, G Major, Hob. 92
Stravinsky, Igor Orpheus Broadcast premiere

Sept. 4 Corelli, Arcangelo Theme: Adagio
Scott, Tom Johnny Appleseed
Copland, Aaron John Henry
Bergsma, William Paul Bunyon
Brahms, Johannes Concerto no. 2 for piano and orchestra, op. 83 Moura Lympany, piano

Sept. 11 Corelli, Arcangelo Theme: Adagio
Strauss, Richard Tod und Verklarung
Vaughan Williams, Ralph A London Symphony

Oct. 2 Corelli, Arcangelo Theme:Adagio
Blow, John Suite from Venus and Adonis
Faure, Gabriel Pavane
Dukelsky, Vladimir Ode to the Milky Way Radio Premiere
Raff, Joachim Im Walde

Oct. 9 Wagner, Richard Tristan und Isolde: Excerpts
a. Prelude (concert ending)
b. Prelude to Act 3


c. Liebestod












Eileen Farrell, soprano (on c)
Wagner, Richard Die Götterdämmerung
a. Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
b. Song of the Rhine Maidens, arr. Zumpe
c. Siegfried’s Funeral March


d. Brünhilde’s Immolation












Eileen Farrell, soprano (on d)


CBS Symphony Orchestra
Bob Kosovsky • 1997 rev. 2017
Orchestra/ensemble: CBS Symphony Orchestra
Company/organization: CBS