New World… Dvorak, Burleigh, Ives

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We kick off our first episode with some music from the New World – in celebration of Columbus Day Weekend!

Back in 1892, most Americans were writing music that pretty much sounded like European composers.  But while teaching at the National Conservatory of Music, an integrated school in New York, Dvorak wrote the American Quartet with Negro spirituals in mind.  He had been introduced to spirituals by a conservatory student, composer Harry Burleigh, the grandson of a slave.  Charles Ives was one of the first Americans who implemented Dvorak’s ideas into his symphonic music with his Symphony # 2.  Terrance weaves a narrative that tracks the development of the American Classical musical dialect. 




Hesperion XXI

Montserrat Figueras, voice

Jordi Savall, conductor

Alia Vox 9809


Kouco Solo

Traditional (Mali)

Yacouba Bukari

Nonesuch 72073


Shaman’s Call

Carlos Nakai, traditional flute

Canyon Records 612


Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Johannes Brahms

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 474930


Symphony in F-sharp Minor. Op. 26: Nocturno. Andante

George Bristow

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi, conductor

Chandos 9169


Joshua Fit de Battle


Fisk Jubilee singers

Smithsonian Folkways  40076


Go Down, Moses

Harry T. Burleigh

Harry T. Burleigh, baritone

Harmonie Ensemble/New York

Steven Richman, conductor

Music & Arts 926


From the Southland: Through the Moanin’ Pines

Harry T. Burleigh

Joseph Smith, piano

Premier Recordings 1041


String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 “American”

Antonin Dvorak

Alban Berg Quartet

Angel/EMI 54215


Symphony No. 3, “Sunday Symphony”: The Awakening

William Grant Still

North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Carlton R. Woods, conductor

Cambria 1060


Set of Four Ragtime Dances

Charles Ives

Orchestra New England

James Sinclair, conductor

Koch 7025


Negro Folk Symphony: The Bond of Africa

William Dawson

American Symphony Orchestra

Leopold Stokowski, conductor

MCA Records 9826


Excursions for Piano, Op. 20

Samuel Barber

Leo Smit, piano

Music Masters 60105


Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini

David Baker

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin

Craig Ketter, piano

MSR 1278


Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Leonard Bernstein

Columbia Jazz Combo

Benny Goodman, clarinet

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

CBS/Sony 60559