ARTHUR FARWELL (1872-1952): String Quartet in A, Op. 65 “The Hako” (Dakota String Quartet - First Recording), 3 Indian Songs for Baritone and Piano, Op. 32 (William Sharp [baritone], Emanuele Arciuli [piano]), Pawnee Horses for Chorus, Op. 102/3 (University of Texas Chamber Singers], Solo Piano: From Mesa and Plain, Op. 20 - Pawnee Horses, Navajo War Dance No. 2, Op. 29, Dawn - Fantasy on 2 Indian Themes, Op. 12, Impressions of the Wa-Wan Ceremony of the Omahas, Op. 21 (Arciuli [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 11X003
Description: Farwell has been called ‘the most neglected composer in [American musical] history.’ Hounded by accusations of ‘cultural appropriation,’ he has posthumously fallen prey to changing notions of cultural authenticity. As the leader of the ‘Indianists’ movement, Farwell believed it was a democratic obligation of Americans of European descent to try to understand the indigenous Americans they displaced and oppressed. To this end, he merged Indian music and lore with Western concert forms – today, a controversial practice. The notes point out, however, that unlike some of the other “Indianists”, Farwell used actual Indian tunes and attempted to evoke the complexity of Native American rhythms and tunes.