Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Preston Ware Orem, Arthur Farwell

Composer(s): Preston Ware Orem, Amy Beach, Arthur Farwell, Arthur Foote
Album Title: Music of Amy Beach/ Arthur Foote/ Arthur Farwell/ Preston Ware Orem 
Cat. No.: 80542
Genre: Classical
Description: Music of Beach, Foote, Farwell, and Orem

Joseph Silverstein, violin; Gilbert Kalish, piano; Peter Basquin, piano; New World Singers

Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944) was the first successful American woman composer and her recent rediscovery, aided by a steady stream of recordings of her music, has led to a renewed interest in her rich and varied output. The Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor is one of her masterworks and possesses all the qualities that typify the late Romantic style of the Boston school-rugged, beautiful melodies, lush harmonies, restless chromaticism, and a rock-solid structural design.

Fellow Bostonian Arthur Foote (1853-1937) was America's leading composer of chamber music in the nineteenth century and his lush Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor, his masterwork, is one of the glories of American chamber music.

Arthur Farwell (1872-1952) was the major figure of the Indianist movement which sought to study and preserve American Indian music as well as draw inspiration from it in an effort to create a truly American music. Navajo War Dance and Pawnee Horses, both for solo piano, are brief evocations, one martial, the other bucolic, of American Indian life. In the scrupulously notated unaccompanied choral arrangements of Navajo War Dance and The Old Man’s Love Song, Farwell went far beyond any other Indianist composer in achieving what may perhaps be best described as “creative authenticity.”
Preston Ware Orem's (1865-1938) American Indian Rhapsody for piano is probably the most far-out Indianist composition ever written, overflowing with neo-Lisztian flourishes-abundant trills, arpeggios, broken chords, and repeated octaves (often thunderous).

Amy Marcy Beach: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor; Arthur Foote: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor; Arthur Farwell: Navajo War Dance, Pawnee Horses, The Old Man’s Love Song;
Preston Ware Orem: American Indian Rhapsody 
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