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American Encounters: American Quartet


Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

One of the great treasures of the Library’s music archives is a receipt. Dated 1893, it is a signed acknowledgment of a $2,000 salary payment to the distinguished Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak, who had traveled across the world to direct our nation’s fledgling National Conservatory of Music. During his legendary years in America, Dvorak inspired a new generation of young composers to listen to songs of marginalized peoples and create uniquely “American Music.” His influence continued to resonate into the twentieth century. The New York Classical Players present an engaging retrospective of “American” string quartets, including Dvorak’s beloved Quartet in F major from 1893, Charles Ives’s rarely heard 1897 Quartet no. 1, plus quartets from the Library’s manuscripts collections by Charles Griffes and George Antheil.


Program: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 no. 12 "American" (1893).

                                                                                        I. Allegro ma non troppo,

                                                                                        II. Lento,

                                                                                        III. Molto vivace,

                                                                                        IV. Finale. Vivace ma non troppo.

                     Charles Ives (1874-1954), String Quartet No. 1, From the Salvation Army (1898-1902).

                                                                                        I. Chorale (Andante con moto),

                                                                                        II. Prelude (Allegro),

                                                                                        III. Offertory (Adagio cantibile),

                                                                                        IV. Postlude (Allegro marziale).

                     Charles Griffes (1884-1920), Two Sketches on Indian Themes (1918)

                     George Antheil (1900-1959). String Quartet No. 3 (1948)




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Recommended Reading/Viewing/Listening:

1. String quartets in G major op. 106 & in F major op. 96 "American"

2. Streichquartett F-Dur Opus 96 : (Amerikanisches Quartett) = String quartet in F major op. 96 : (American quartet)

3. Quartet no. 12 in F major, op. 96 ("American") : for 2 violins, viola and cello

4. An American journey