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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
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.
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