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Early American Music

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 73 mins
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a recording first broadcast on November 30, 1972, Charles Amirkhanian presents a program of early American music, much of which was taken from old, rare 78 rpm recordings. The program begins with Henry Hadley’s “Piano Quintet, Op. 50” followed by six versions of Thurlow Lieurance’s “By the Waters of Minnetonka: An Indian Love Song,” followed by several selections of music by John Knowles Paine. While there is a distinctive Native American melody at the heart of Lieurance’s song, most of the music heard here is by American composers still steeped in the music of Western Europe and lacking that uniquely American flair that would later be apparent in the music of Charles Ives, and other later American composers.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Quintet in A Minor, Op. 50, for piano and strings (1919-20) (25:46) / Henry Hadley -- By the Waters of Minnetonka: An Indian Love Song [lyrics by J. M. Cavanass, ver. 1] (ca. 1913) (2:04) / Thurlow Lieurance -- By the Waters of Minnetonka [ver. 2] (2:17) -- By the Waters of Minnetonka [ver. 3] (2:16) -- By the Waters of Minnetonka [ver. 4] (2:05) -- By the Waters of Minnetonka [ver. 5] (1:54) -- By the Waters of Minnetonka [ver. 6] (2:30) -- [unidentified organ music] (5:12)
Performers:  Kohon string Quartet (Quintet)
Isabelle Byman, piano (Quintet)
Frances Alda, soprano (By, ver. 1 ; By, ver. 4)
Princess Watahwaso, voice (By, ver. 2)
Thurlow Lieurance, piano (By, ver. 2)
Hubert Small, flute (By, ver. 2)
Julia Culp, contralto (By, ver. 3)
Alice Nielson, soprano (By, ver. 5)
Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto (By, ver. 6)
Genres:  Classical Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  19th century classical; 20th century classical; Piano quintets; Songs (High voice) with orchestra; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Songs (Low voice) with orchestra; Organ music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hadley, Henry Kimball, 1871-1937 ; Lieurance, Thurlow, 1878-1963 ; Cavanass, J. M. (James Mulloy), b. 1842; Byman, Isabelle, 1906-1981 ; Alda, Frances ; Watahwaso, Princess; Nicolar, Lucy ; Small, Hubert; Culp, Julia, 1880-1970 ; Nielson, Alice ; Schumann-Heink, Ernestine, 1861-1936
Recording Date:  11/30/1972
First Broadcast Date:  11/30/1972
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  As You Like It Overture, Op. 28 [excerpt] (c. 1876) (1:02) / John Knowles Paine -- Prelude in B Minor, Op. 19 No. 2 (c. 1864) (8:45) / John Knowles Paine -- That's What's the Matter (1862) (2:06) / Stephen Collins Foster
Performers:  Janice Beck, organ (Prelude)
Genre:  Classical Music
Subject:  18th century classical; 19th century classical; Overtures; Organ music; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Paine, John Knowles, 1839-1906 ; Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864; Beck, Janice (Organist)
First Broadcast Date:  11/30/1972
 
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