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Born in Massachusetts, Arthur Foote was unusual among 19th century American composers in that practically all of his training took place in the United States.
His individualistic style recalls the classical structure of Brahms while revelling in exotic harmonies and colorful orchestrations typical of late romanticism.
Foote’s ‘Symphonic Prologue,’ Francesca da Rimini, based on the story of the doomed lovers Francesca and Paolo as immortalized in Dante’s Inferno, is a thrillingly original musical vision, and offers a fascinating comparison to Tchaikovsky’s well known tone poem of the same name.
Also featured on this CD are exquisite character pieces inspired by the poetry of the medieval Persian mystic Omar Khayyám.
Arthur Foote: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 24
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 24
Arthur Foote: Serenade, Op. 25
Arthur Foote: 4 Character Pieces after the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Op. 48
No. 1. Andante comodo
No. 2. Allegro deciso - Piu moderato
No. 3. Comodo
No. 4. Andante ben marcato - Molto allegro
Arthur Foote: Suite in E major, Op. 63
I. Praeludium: Allegro comodo
II. Pizzicato and Adagietto: Capriccioso - Allegretto
III. Fugue: Allegro giusto
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