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Your Discovery of the Year

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« Reply #90 on: July 04, 2013, 09:21:56 pm »

I'm not saying this just because it's the Fourth of July here in America, but my discovery involves the rollicking orchestral works of early American composer Anthony Philip Heinrich, which I've gotten to know entirely via online videos from performances supposedly earmarked for but never released on cpo, including "Woodland Spirits Chant" and "Manitou Mysteries." In a way, he's kind of like Ives in the sense nobody is quite like him, he puts off some folks, yet goes defiantly and merrily on his own way. One moment he seems to be conjuring up some scene from the rugged American wilderness, the next he's launched into his beloved "Yankee Doodle" or lapsed into some quickstep he wrote years earlier for another occasion. One moment he offers the grace of Schubert, the next he's like Berlioz but on steroids. But best of all, he's a lot of fun. Cpo really missed the boat on this one! I mean, anyone who can write a symphony about the now-extinct passenger pigeon ought to get more attention!
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