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Episode 2

Donald Macleod introduces Amy Beach's Gaelic symphony of 1897, written shortly after Dvorak had called on American composers to forge a new national identity in music.

Possessing American ancestry going back several generations, and having never studied in Europe, Amy Beach is often considered the first truly American composer. In today's episode, Donald Macleod introduces her "Gaelic" symphony of 1897, written shortly after Antonin Dvorak had called on American composers to forge a new national identity in music. He also introduces three songs on texts by Robert Browning, and a charming North Atlantic cousin of Elgar's 'Salut d'Amour'.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Amy Beach

    Romance for violin and piano, op.23 (1893)

    Performers: Paul Barritt (violin), James Lisney (piano)

    • BIS CD 1245.
    • 9.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E Flat ("Gaelic"), Op.32 (1897), I. Allegro Con Fuoco

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN8958.
    • 3.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E Flat ("Gaelic"), Op.32 (1897), II. Alla Siciliana - Allegro Vivace

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN8958.
    • 4.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E Flat ("Gaelic"), Op.32 (1897), III. Lento Con Molto Espressione

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN8958.
    • 5.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E Flat ("Gaelic"), Op.32 (1897), IV. Allegro Di Molto

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN8958.
    • 6.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Browning Songs, Op.44 (1900), The Year's At The Spring

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), The Romantic Chamber Group Of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    • BIS CD 1245.
    • 6.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Browning Songs, Op.44 (1900), Ah, Love, But A Day!

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), The Romantic Chamber Group Of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    • BIS CD 1245.
    • 7.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Browning Songs, Op.44 (1900), I'll Send My Heart Up To Thee!

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), The Romantic Chamber Group Of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    • BIS CD 1245.
    • 8.

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