A Survey of American Iconoclasts

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America's most robust export is its art and culture. But as with many things that become customary, our ubiquitous expressions seem less vibrant and prophetic here at home.

This week, host Terrance McKnight share music by Florence Price, an early 20th century composer whose musical vocabulary evolved into a a harmonic and rhythmic synthesis of American life. Plus, works by American originals like Ives, Rzewski, Harrison and others.



They Are There

Charles Ives

Charles Ives, piano



North American Ballads: Down By The Riverside

Frederic Rzewski

Frederic Rzewski, piano



Elegy (In Memory of Horatio Parker)

George W. Chadwick

Brno State Philharmonic

Jose Serebrier




Alexander Scriabin

Steven Isserlis, cello

Thomas Ades, piano



Creation du Monde

Darius Milhaud

Turtle Island String Quartet

Ying Quartet



Harlem Symphony: April in Harlem

James P. Johnson

Concordia Orchestra

Marin Alsop, conductor

Music Masters


Suite for Symphonic Strings

Lou Harrison

American Composers Orchestra

Dennis Rusell Davies, conductor



Dances in the Canebrakes

Florence Price

William Chapman Nyaho, piano




The Chairman Dances

John Adams

City of Birmingham Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor


Six Hungarian Dances

Johannes Brahms

Orchestre symphonique de Quebec

Yoav Talmi, conductor




John McLaughlin

Hariprasad Chaurasia, flute

Jan Gabarek, saxophone

John McLaughlin, guitar

Zakir Hussein, tabla, percussion