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Donald Macleod explores a musical response to the shadows and shapes of the MacDowell colony's woodlands. Plus music by Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Mary Howe.

Donald Macleod and music historian Robin Rausch uncover more of the the music inspired by the idyllic setting of the MacDowell 'colony'. Today the beauty of New England takes centre stage in a musical response to the shadows and shapes of the colony's woodlands. And if there were any doubting the cultural significance of the site we gauge the impact of five tranquil summers which helped Amy Beach compose fifty works at a time when the rise of modernism was setting stern challenges to every composer.

Bauer: From the New Hampshire Woods, Op.12 (White Birches)Virginia Eskin, piano

Bauer: Concertino for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings, Op.32b
Jeremy Polmear, oboe
Eli Eban, clarinet
Ambache Ensemble

Crawford Seeger: Violin Sonata
Mia Wu, violin
Cheryl Seltzer, piano

Crawford Seeger: Music for Small Orchestra
Schönberg Ensemble
Oliver Knussen, conductor

Beach: Quartet for Strings in One Movement, Op.89
The Lark Quartet

Mary Howe: Stars
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
William Strickland, conductor.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Marion Eugene Bauer

    From the New Hampshire woods Op.12

    Performer: Virginia Eskin.
    • Albany Troy: 297.
    • Albany Troy.
    • 1.
  • Marion Eugene Bauer

    Concertino for oboe, clarinet and strings

    Ensemble: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • NAXOS : 8-559253.
    • NAXOS.
    • 2.
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger

    Sonata for violin and piano

    Performer: Mia Wu. Singer: Cheryl Studer.
    • Naxos: 8559197.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger

    Music for small orchestra

    Ensemble: Schönberg Ensemble. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG:4499252.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • H H A (Mrs) Beach

    Quartet in one movement Op.89

    Ensemble: Lark String Quartet.
    • ARABESQUE : Z-6747.
    • ARABESQUE.
    • 5.
  • Mary Howe

    Stars

    Orchestra: Vienna S O.. Conductor: William Strickland.

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