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Natural Forces

Donald Macleod discusses the role of composers such as Amy Beach as artists rallied to rebuild the MacDowell Colony after a storm destroyed much of it in 1938.

The colony is tested to the full by a storm, in 1938, which destroys much of the site including 250 acres of woodland. Donald Macleod and historian Robin Rausch explore the role of composers such as Amy Beach as artists rallied to rebuild their treasured haven. And he also relives his own visit in 2007 when he took on a meals-on-wheel role, delivering lunches to 32 artist studios across the site. Plus, we hear another response to the colony's glorious surroundings, this time from composer Mabel Daniels who returned to MacDowell over 25 summers.

Bauer: Trio Sonata No 1 for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op.40 (1944) - 1st movt
Jonathan Snowden, flute
Judith Herbert, cello
Diana Ambache, piano

Amy Beach: Improvisations, Op.148
Kirsten Johnson, piano

Mabel Daniels: Deep Forest (1931)
Imperial Philharmonic Orchestra Tokyo
William Strickland, conductor

Beach: Piano Trio, Op.150 (1939)
The Ambache Ensemble

Bauer: Symphonic Suite (1940)
Ambache Chamber Orchestra.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Marion Eugene Bauer

    Trio sonata Op.40 no. 1 - 1st movement

    Performer: Jonathan Snowden. Performer: Judith Herbert. Performer: Diana Ambache.
    • Naxos: 8559253.
    • Naxos.
    • 5.
  • H H A (Mrs) Beach

    5 Improvisations Op.148

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Guild: GMCD 7387.
    • Guild.
    • 18.
  • Mabel Wheeler Daniels

    Deep forest

    Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic. Conductor: William Strickland.
    • New World: NWCRL145.
    • New World.
    • 1.
  • H H A (Mrs) Beach

    Trio in A minor Op.150

    Ensemble: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-9752.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 11.
  • Marion Eugene Bauer

    Symphonic suite

    Orchestra: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • Naxos: 8559253.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.

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