Music: Sun Apr 26

The “Indianist Movement” refers to a practice among several early-twentieth century American composers of classical music to evoke Native American culture in their works. In some cases, they attempted to harmonize indigenous folk melodies; in others, they provided more generalized evocations of this world. Edward MacDowell, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Arthur Nevin, and Arthur Farwell were among the better-known exponents of this style. Just as their music represents a nexus between European musical traditions and indigenous cultures, the Centering Music begins with a commemoration of the date of the advent of white European settlers to a land already settled by another people.

From its CD, the CUUC Choir also offers a famous evocation of a river which carries the name of an indigenous people.  Read on for programming details.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
“A.D. 1620” from Sea Pieces, Op. 55
                        Edward MacDowell
“Village Song,” “Before the Sunrise,” and “Wolf Song” from Thunderbolt Suite, Op. 63
                        Charles Wakefield Cadman

Opening Music:
“Indian Idyl” from New England Idyls, Op. 62

“From an Indian Lodge” from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51

Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
                        American Folk Song, arr. by Brad Printz

“Panorama” from From Edgeworth Hills
                        Arthur Nevin

Music for Parting:
“Choral” and “Ichibuzzhi” from American Indian Melodies
                        Arthur Farwell

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