Music of Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Arthur Farwell and Preston Ware Orem
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

Peter Basquin

Music of Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Arthur Farwell and Preston Ware Orem

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American Indian Rhapsody
Preston Ware Orem
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Navajo war dance : for piano
Arthur Farwell
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Pawnee horses
Arthur Farwell
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The Old Man's Love Song, Op. 102, No. 2
Arthur Farwell
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Navajo War Dance, Op. 102, No. 1
Arthur Farwell
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor, Op.34: I. Allegro moderato
Amy (H. H. A.) Beach
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor, Op.34: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Amy (H. H. A.) Beach
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor, Op.34: III. Largo con dolore
Amy (H. H. A.) Beach
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Minor, Op.34: IV. Allegro con fuoco
Amy (H. H. A.) Beach
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor, Op. 20: I. Allegro appassionato
Arthur Foote
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor, Op. 20: II. Andantino grazioso: Alla siciliano
Arthur Foote
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor, Op. 20: III. Adagio
Arthur Foote
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Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor, Op. 20: IV. Allegro molto
Arthur Foote
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