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About The Concert

Since 2006, the Gardner Museum's free classical podcast The Concert has made world-class performances recorded live at the museum available to listeners across the globe.

A new program is posted on the 1st and 15th of every month, so check the website often, subscribe to The Concert in iTunes or in any RSS reader to receive automatic updates. You can also download episodes of The Concert here on our site, as well as individual musical tracks by artist and composer through our online music library.

Current Episode

Episode 204: Sounds Like America
Works for string orchestra by Ives and Dvořák performed by A Far Cry on December 8, 2013.

  • Ives: Hymn: Largo Cantabile from A Set of 3 Short Pieces
  • Dvořák: Quintet Op. 97 American Arr. by Blaise Dejardin

On this podcast, we’ll hear two selections that, to our ears, sound like America.

Only the first was actually written by an American, though: a piece called “Hymn: Largo Cantabile” from Charles Ives’s Set of 3 Short Pieces.

Ives was the son of a musician, a bandleader for the United States Army, and he studied music as a student at Yale. His music pushed harmonic boundaries far beyond what he would’ve learned at the Yale music department. But it always retained a distinctly American flavor, often incorporating popular music and, as in this piece, traditional hymn tunes. The music is a bit mysterious, and it is unmistakably Ives.

Next, we have Dvořák’s “American” Quintet, opus 97, arranged for chamber orchestra. It, like the Ives, was performed at the Gardner Museum by A Far Cry. This arrangement was composed for the group by cellist Blaise Dejardin.

The Dvořák, like the Ives, draws on traditional American tunes, incorporating several snippets of American Indian songs. Like Ives, Dvořák took these tunes and embedded them within his own sound world, creating a piece that is certainly rooted in Native American music, but rendered in Dvořák’s own unique voice.

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Acknowledgements

We’d like to thank the following individuals and institutions, whose help and support have made this project possible:

  • The musicians, without whose artistry, vision, and support we would not have been able to create this podcast.
  • The Berkman Center for their legal expertise in the complex and fascinating world of digital intellectual property.
  • Liberated Syndication for hosting our podcast.
  • Our talented recording engineer, Tom Stephenson of Emmanuel Recording.

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