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Saturday, March 14, 2015 Permalink

The Boston Connection

Top: Edward MacDowell, Amy Beach, George Chadwick. Bottom: John Knowles Paine, Horatio Parker, Arthur Foote.


Some books on American musical history consign all composers before Charles Ives to a chapter on “The Pre-History of American Music,” as if the 19th century produced little of consequence.

And yet, it is hard to imagine an Ives, a Copland, or even a Gershwin,without the pioneering groundwork of the so-called “Boston Six”—Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, Amy Beach, Edward MacDowell, Horatio Parker—and the most senior of the group, John Knowles Paine.

In this hour, the remarkable music of these important—and often overlooked—19th century Americans, who laid the groundwork for composers of the 20th


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
American Orchestral Music [for MacDowell Indian Suite]  Westphalian Symphony Orchestra, Siegfried Landau Vox 5092 047163509223
Paine: Symphony No. 2 track 2 New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta New World Records NW 350-2 0093228035022
Foote: Piano Quartet, etc. [for Scherzo]  Da Vinci Quartet, Jeani Muhonen Foster Naxos 8.223893 0730099389327 
Chadwick:  Symphony No. 2, Parker: A Northern Ballad Albany Symphony Orchestra, Julius Hegyi New World Records NW-339-2 (80339) 09322803394
Chadwick Orchestral Works [for Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee] Czech State Philharmonic, José Serebrier Reference Recordings RR-2104CD 030911210427
MacDowell: Woodland Sketches Guido Nielsen  Basta 30-90382 8712530903820
American Orchestral Music, [for MacDowell Indian Suite] Westphalian Symphony Orchestra, Siegfried Landau Vox 5092 047163509223
Piano Music by Amy Beach: Vol. 1, The Early Works Kirsten Johnson Guild Records  GMCD 7317 795754731729
Beach: “Gaelic” Symphony Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn Naxos 8.559139 636943913925

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