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Donald Macleod finds out what life was like at the MacDowell Colony for early residents such as composers Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

The founder of the MacDowell colony, American composer Edward MacDowell believed that the creative artists need uninterupted time and space and the opportunity to meet and share ideas with artists from the other disciplines. On a visit to the MacDowell colony in 2007, Donald Macleod visits animator, artist and photographer Corrie Francis in one of the studios and finds out what life was like for the early residents, including composers Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Macdowell

    Confidence (words MacDowell)

    Performer: Steven Tharp (tenor) James Barbagallo (piano)

    • Marco Polo 8223866.
  • Bauer

    Allegretto (1st movement) from Concertino for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings, op.32B (1939-43)

    Performer: Ambache Ensemble

    • Naxos 8559253.
    • 2.
  • Beach

    String Quartet in One Movement op89

    Performer: Ambache Ensemble

    • Chandos Chan 10162.
  • Talma

    The Ambient Air for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano (1983)

    Performer: 1: Echo Chamber Performer: 2: Driving Rain Performer: 3: Creeping Fog Performer: 4: Shifting Winds Performer: Ambache Chamber Ensemble, director Diana Ambache

    • Naxos 8559236.
    • 1 to 4,.
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger

    Suite for Five Wind Instruments and Piano (1927, rev. 1929)

    Performer: Jayn Rosenfeld (flute), Marsha Heller (oboe), John Craig Barker (clarinet), Daniel Grabois (French horn), Cynde Iverson (bassoon), Cheryl Seltzer (piano), Joel Sachs (conductor)

    • Naxos 8559197.
    • 1 to 3,.
  • Talma

    Now I lay me down to sleep from Soundshots for Piano

    Performer: Diana Ambache (Piano)

    • Naxos 8559236.

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