Music: Sun Oct 10


The solo piano works performed at this morning’s service highlight a major trend among American composers of classical music in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Indianist Movement refers to evocations of Native American culture and imagery in the works of many composers of the period. At its worst, some of this repertoire can be accused of exoticism, in the sense that it reduced a diverse people to quaint, picturesque stereotypes. At its most vibrant, though, much of the music reflects a genuine kinship with indigenous cultures and traditions, which it conserves with palpable emotion and immediacy. The piano music of Edward MacDowell, Harvey Worthington Loomis, and Arthur Farwell furnishes excellent examples of the style. Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for spoken introductions.


Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano

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

                                                Edward MacDowell


Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas

“Homeward Bound”

                                    Marta Keen, arr. by Jay Althouse



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



“Around the Wigwam”

                                                Harvey Worthington Loomis


Parting Music:

“Song of Peace” from Impressions of the Wa-Wan Ceremony, Op. 21

                                                Arthur Farwell


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