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July 11, 1885 in Boston, MA


Years Active:
'20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Boston Pops Orchestra


For year after year, decade after decade, the Boston Pops were one of the most popular orchestras in America. Through concerts, tours, and an endless series of record albums, they brought classical music, marches, and contemporary pop to millions of listeners. Over the course of the 20th century, the orchestra was recorded more than any other. They developed a repertoire that functioned as the de facto American classical and pop lexicon. The Boston Pops were populists, emphasizing melody and texture instead of somber, challenging classical pieces. This direction was devised by Henry Lee Higginson, who formed the prototype of the Pops in 1885. The orchestra remained a popular local attraction for the first three decades of the 1900s, but it became nationally famous when Arthur Fiedler was appointed as conductor in 1930. Over the next five decades, he perfected a friendly, accessible sound that emphasized familiar classical pieces with popular tunes, marches, and excerpts from film and Broadway scores. By the time John Williams took over for Fiedler in 1980, the Boston Pops were internationally known, but Williams took great steps to ensure that the outfit remain contemporary, frequently adding new pieces to their repertoire. Williams stayed with the outfit until 1995, when he passed the mantle on to Keith Lockhart. In all three incarnations, the basic sound of the Boston Pops remained unchanged, and the orchestra retained its popularity throughout shifting musical tastes.

Top Albums

The Dream Lives On - A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers - EP, Boston Pops Orchestra
1. The Dream Li..
Encore!: Best of the Boston Pops, Boston Pops Orchestra
2. Encore!: Bes..
America, the Beautiful, Arthur Fiedler
3. America, the..
NBC Presents Summon the Heroes, John Williams
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By Request - The Best of John Williams & the Boston Pops, Boston Pops Orchestra
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Itzhak Perlman - The Original Jacket Collection, Itzhak Perlman
6. Itzhak Perlm..
A Splash of Pops, Boston Pops Orchestra
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Drive Time - Autobahn, Boston Pops Orchestra
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20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection: The Best of Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler
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Leroy Anderson: Greatest Hits, Arthur Fiedler
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Classics for Children - Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf - Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals - Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Arthur Fiedler
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Pops Christmas Party, Arthur Fielder
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A Boston Pops Christmas - Live from Symphony Hall, Boston Pops Orchestra
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Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater, Boston Pops Orchestra
14. Poulenc: Glo..
Liszt: Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 - Totentanz, Boston Pops Orchestra
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Boston Pops Orchestra
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I Love a Parade, Boston Pops Orchestra
17. I Love a Par..
Bernstein Conducts Sibelius, Elgar & Britten, BBC Symphony Orchestra
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White Christmas - A Christmas Festival, Boston Pops Orchestra
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Stars and Stripes Forever, Arthur Fiedler
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Top Songs

Olympic Fanfare and ThemeBy Request - The Best of Jo..4:28$1.29
Main Title Theme from Star WarsEncore!: Best of the Boston..5:38$1.29
Bugler's Dream and Olympic Fanfa..NBC Presents Summon the Her..4:30$0.99
Tara's Theme from Gone With the ..Encore!: Best of the Boston..4:39$1.29
Lift Every Voice and SingSplash of Pops4:46$0.99
Summon the Heroes (for Tim Morrison)..NBC Presents Summon the Her..6:17$0.99
Sing, Sing, SingEncore!: Best of the Boston..4:00$1.29
I’m Shipping Up to BostonRed Sox Album2:58$0.99
Rodeo: HoedownCopland: Appalachian Spring..3:13$0.99
BoleroRavel's Greatest Hit: T..7:38$0.99
BoléroRavel Bolero7:34$0.99
Mission Theme (From NBC News)By Request - The Best of Jo..3:29$0.99
Fanfare for the Common ManAmerica, the Beautiful2:59$1.29
Olympic Spirit (Instrumental)NBC Presents Summon the Her..4:07$0.99
There's No Business Like Show Bu..Encore!: Best of the Boston..3:26$1.29
March from SupermanEncore!: Best of the Boston..4:26$1.29
Sleigh RideEterna Navidad Blanca Navid..3:01$0.69
Sleigh Ride (Remastered)Sleigh Ride (Remastered) - ..2:44$0.99
Winter WonderlandI Love Classical Christmas3:01$0.99
L'Enfance du Christ: Shepherd..I Love Classical Christmas4:31$0.99
White ChristmasI Love Classical Christmas2:51$0.99
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerI Love Classical Christmas2:13$0.99
Orfeo en Los Infiernos: OberturaOffenbach: En America9:14$0.99
La damnation de Faust: Hungarian Mar..50 Best Classical Songs Eve..4:15$0.99
Merry Little Sing-Along (Live)Boston Pops Christmas - Liv..5:50$1.29

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