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Music Text



reduced orchestration by E J Dent: 2(=picc).2(II=corA).2.2-4.2(3).3.1-timp.perc:xyl/tgl/tamb-harp-strings

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Repertoire Note

A musical summation of the composer’s experiences in Florida, Appalachia (the old native American name for North America), is a masterly set of variations on an old negro song that comprehensively captures the natural tropical splendour of the deep south swamplands, while at the same time introducing an element of human melancholy and tragedy associated with the plight of the slave population. Also drawing on Dixie and Yankie Doodle, some variations are brief atmospheric tone-paintings while others are more extended scenic evocations suggesting local society waltzes, the grandeur of the Mississipi river, or the plaintive twilight song of slaves on the plantation.

Recommended Recording

BBC Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham
Dutton Laboratories CDLX7011

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