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Frederick Converse: American Sketches; Song of the Sea; Festival of Pan / Keith Lockhart

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>Converse, Frederick : Song of the Sea, tone poem after Whitman, for orchestra
>Converse, Frederick : Festival of Pan, for orchestra, Op. 9
>Converse, Frederick : American Sketches, symphonic suite for orchestra

Album Summary

>Converse, Frederick : Song of the Sea, tone poem after Whitman, for orchestra
>Converse, Frederick : Festival of Pan, for orchestra, Op. 9
>Converse, Frederick : American Sketches, symphonic suite for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The American composer Frederick Shepherd Converse was a leading name in American music up to the Second World War. It was Converse who composed the first American opera, performed at the Met in New York. Yet despite being widely heard in his day, after his death in 1940 he was soon eclipsed by the new generation of Copland, Harris, Barber and their contemporaries. His revival is long overdue, vividly demonstrated by this program of colorful orchestral tone poems - the four movements of American Sketches from the late 1920s, the early Festival of Pan (after a Keats poem) and the evocative Song of the Sea, a tone poem after Whitman. Whether you respond to the lyricism of the Festival of Pan and Song of the Sea or the varied scenes of American Sketches, this is enjoyable music to which you will return time and again.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, Hampstead, London.



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>Converse, Frederick : Song of the Sea, tone poem after Whitman, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Converse, Frederick : Festival of Pan, for orchestra, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (04/05/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Converse, Frederick : American Sketches, symphonic suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Keith Lockhart
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (04/05/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929