Thursday, October 18, 2012

Show & Tell -- August/September

I'd been resistant to the idea of using the Largo from Antonín Dvořák's 'New World Symphony'.

While the piece speaks eloquently to the rich gifts of a summer season, it's theme later became the classic spiritual 'Going Home'. And that's become  ingrained in the general consciousness as a song identified with the American south, which is quite the cultural distance from where we've been.

But my notion of 'the New World' has broadened considerably while on this journey. Then the work brought home from our August/September travels changed my mind altogether and Dvořák's evocative tune now seems wholly appropriate.

Set to a cut taken from a classic recording made in the 50's by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and under the estimable direction of Fritz Reiner, here's a selection of fieldwork culled from what we gathered late this summer, traveling along the Superior Basin while In Search of Perfect Light...

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