Farwell: Piano Music Volume 1

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The American composer Arthur Farwell (1872-1952) is remembered as the leading member of a group of 'Indianists' who used Native American tribal melodies - but Farwell's stylistic range was much wider than is realised today.

This CD, the first of two to examine his piano music, presents first The Vale of Enitharmon, based on the mythology of William Blake, which mixes Romantism and Impressionism.

Impressions of the Wa-Wan Ceremony of the Omahas represents an American Indian ritual so revered that warring tribes would lay down their arms to let the procession pass.

The experimental Polytonal Studies pit two different keys against each other, exploiting the attraction of opposites to generate unusual harmonies and melodies.

This CD marks the 140th anniversary of Farwell's birth and the 60th of his death and includes a number of first recordings.The Artist
Lisa Cheryl Thomas, who holds a doctorate from the University of North Texas, is ideally placed to record Farwell's 'Indianist' music: she is herself of Native American stock, counting members of the Cherokee, Blackfoot and Sioux tribes among her ancestors.
Item number TOCC 0126
Barcode 5060113441263
Release date 29/10/2012
Category 20th Century
Label Toccata Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Composers Farwell, Arthur
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