Presented by the University of Michigan.
New World Spirit
This concert celebrates the intrepid American spirit by featuring two pairs of composers that shaped the course of American music. Harry T. Burleigh was a star student of Dvořák at the National Conservatory in New York. A talented composer and singer, he exposed the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform his native African-American folk music. Two generations later, Copland and Bernstein conceived a clean, clear American sound that conveys the wonder and awe of open spaces and endless possibilities.
- Burleigh Southland Sketches for Violin and Piano (1916)
- Dvořák Quintet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97 (1893)
- Bernstein Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42)
- Copland Appalachian Spring Suite for Ensemble (1944)