American Dreams

Live works by American Icons from performances around New York City.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

For this Independence Day, Cued Up brings you live works by some tried and true American icons. All recorded in New York City, works by Charles Ives, John Cage, Meredith Monk and Earle Brown take front and center.

Featured in American Dreams is Charle's Ives's The Alcotts, a movement from his Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass., 1840–60, which was written in 1915, and performed by pianist Timo Andres. Ives, often deemed as "an American original," and one of the first internationally recognized American voices, created the Sonata out of his admiration for New England transcendentalist writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Bronson Alcott. The Alcotts memorialize a family of fiercely independent thinkers (writers Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May Alcott).

Also, Brown's Tracking Pierrot, Cage's In a Landscape, Monk's Paris, and the music of other mold-breaking thinkers this Sunday at 2 p.m.

Hosted by:

Olivia Giovetti

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