Farwell: Piano Music, Volume 1
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Arthur Farwell: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0126
EAN: 5060113441263
Release Date: 29 October 2012
Duration: 61:15

The Vale of Enitharmon, Op. 91
Impressions of the Wa-Wan Ceremony of the Omahas, Op. 21
Polytonal Studies, Op. 109: series I

Lisa Cheryl Thomas, piano

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 be recorded by Lisa Cheryl Thomas, herself of Cherokee, Blackfoot and Sioux ancestry, presents first The Vale of Enitharmon, based on the mythology of William Blake, which mixes Romanticism 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. And the experimental Polytonal Studies pit two different keys against each other, exploiting the attraction of opposites to generate unusual harmonies and melodies.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 61:15
1 The Vale of Enitharmon, Op. 91 (1930)

Arthur Farwell, composer
Lisa Cheryl Thomas, piano

(first recording)
9:20 play
2-9 Impressions of the Wa-Wan Ceremony of the Omahas, Op. 21 (1905)

Arthur Farwell, composer
Lisa Cheryl Thomas, piano

(first complete recording)
14:13
2 No. 1 Receiving the Messenger: ‘Slowly and quietly’ 2:18 play
3 No. 2 Nearing the Village: ‘Moderately’ 1:58 play
4 No. 3 Song of Approach: ‘Moderately, with breadth’ 2:02 play
5 No. 4 Laying down the Pipes: ‘Very broadly’ 1:12 play
6 No. 5 Raising the Pipes: ‘Lightly, with motion’ 1:00 play
7 No. 6 Invocation: ‘With dignity, slowly’ 2:13 play
8 No. 7 Song of Peace: ‘Peacefully’ 1:48 play
9 No. 8 Choral: ‘Broadly, with religious feeling’ 1:42 play
10-21 Polytonal Studies, Op. 109: series I (1940–52)
[The first key given is that of the bass clef, the second that of the treble]

Arthur Farwell, composer
Lisa Cheryl Thomas, piano

(first recording)
37:42
10 No. 1 C major/G major 3:10 play
11 No. 2 G major/C major 1:12 play
12 No. 3 C major/A major 3:14 play
13 No. 4 A flat major/C major 1:23 play
14 No. 5 G flat major/A flat major 1:12 play
15 No. 6 C major/B major 6:29 play
16 No. 7 C major/D flat major 3:23 play
17 No. 8 C major/E flat major 4:09 play
18 No. 9 G major/D flat major 2:28 play
19 No. 10 D major/B flat major 3:34 play
20 No. 11 F major/E flat major 3:10 play
21 No. 34 E flat major/E flat minor 4:18 play

Artists

Arthur Farwell, 1904

Arthur Farwell, composer
[credit: Charles Lummis]

Lisa Cheryl Thomas

Lisa Cheryl Thomas, piano

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